ESPN is one of the most liberally toxic sports institutions in the world today and that’s why their viewership and subscription members continue to decline every single year.
Just a few years ago, ESPN was forced to fire over a hundred of their on-air personalities for this exact reason. The network couldn’t afford to pay them anymore because of declining profits.
And now ESPN plans to shut down a major department making everyone reconsider whether they still deserve the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” motto.
If ESPN had just stuck to the game plan and delivered us highlights and recaps on the night’s sporting events, then the 24-hour network wouldn’t be facing the financial problems they are today.
The problem is they have all these bombastic, outspoken horrible talking head “analysts” spewing nonsense at you all day long.
And these “talking heads” have strong political convictions that almost always lean to the left on ESPN – maybe the only exception is Will Cain who has his own show on ESPN 2 and ESPN radio from 3pm – 6pm Eastern Standard Time.
They love to infuse anti-President Trump political drivel into their segments because they self-righteously want to make a statement about their leftist ideologies.
This has driven away a large portion of their viewership and readers.
Now, they’re forced to end ESPN The Magazine in September.
Sports Business Daily noted, “ESPN is ending the print version of ESPN the Magazine in September, more than 21 years after its launch. The news of the print magazine’s demise was announced to staff this morning as part of a reorganization of Senior VP/Original Content Rob King’s department.”
In an emailed statement, ESPN wrote, “Consumer habits are evolving rapidly, and this requires ESPN to evolve as well. The only change here is that we are moving away from printing it on paper and sending it in the mail. … Our data shows the vast majority of readers already consume our print journalism on digital platforms, and this approach will maximize our reach and impact.”
So they’re blaming it on the medium?
Did Sports Illustrated go out of business too?
ESPN The Magazine may not have been their cash cow but there would’ve been an audience if they didn’t only hire mouth-breathing liberals to infuse their political affiliation into their work.
One of the worst on the entire network is “First Take” co-host Max Kellerman who consistently does this on a daily basis. It’s almost amazing he still has a job at ESPN, especially in the wake of controversial former employee Jemele Hill.
Hill infamously called President Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter and was subsequently suspended two-weeks for her comment.
The show she co-hosted “The Six” was canceled a little over a few months later due to horrendous ratings and you can probably guess why. Ratings. Once she made that comment, Hill became one of the most hated voices on ESPN.
But they couldn’t fire her because she had a multi-year contract. Eventually, after floating around from show to show like “Around the Horn,” “SportsNation,” and “Highly Questionable,” Hill and ESPN reached a buyout deal where she’s now at The Atlantic.
These are the people who wrote for ESPN The Magazine on a regular basis as a part of their contract. So if you like their “hot takes” then when why wouldn’t they read pieces from them?
It’s because of their overtly unapologetic liberalism. That’s why we can wave goodbye to ESPN The Magazine in September.