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I'd say ESPN went down the crapper when they got into "sports entertainment," not "sports."  You know, like that horribly over-dramatic soap opera "Playmakers" a few years back.  Then they serve you up some hot, steamy ish like "Cold Pizza," which then gave way to full time trolling-counter trolling format in the form of Bayless and Stephen A.

 

When they decided to lean towards entertainment versus actually sports, that's when they jumped the shark.  Too much emphasis on their personalities and not enough on the sports.

 

I remember watching them broadcast lumberjack contests when I was a kid when it was a slow time of the year in sports (like right now - after basketball, before football starts back).  Now they have a "debate" show with a guest cameo by a horribly shallow and heavily-influenced-by-drugs hip-hop artist, to whom they suck up to non-stop during their appearances.  It's just too much...

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NFL AM makes me want to jab the remote control through my eye socket it's so terrible. They're trying to make it the Today Show of the NFL and unfortunately, that's a terrible idea full stop.

 

The real problem with ESPN and some of these sports networks is that they've stopped trying to inform the audience and are instead trying to dazzle them. They talk about vague things like "he wanted it more" and "this guy just wins games" rather than "they executed a perfect defense to take their best player effectively out of the game"  or "this guy has a tremendous supporting cast and here's why the wins may not tell the whole story". I understand it's easier to make flashy content, and hell it drove ratings up for a while, but people got bored of it and a lot of people are dropping cable because cable television has literally gone to complete poo over the past 3 years.

 

The worst thing about cable TV at the moment is that the History Channel is now a reality TV network, everything on TruTV is a lie, MTV hasn't shown a music video in prime time since I graduated college, SciFi is now SyFy, Travel Channel is now "slightly weird food network", and ESPN has stopped actually covering sports and has now switched to some sort of athlete melodrama that occasionally airs sporting events as well. I could go on but now I'm too worked up to sleep and I have a meeting in the morning.

 

Man, THIS.  THIS.  THIS.

 

I was telling a friend the same thing a couple weeks ago.  MTV is almost a bigger joke now than ESPN has become.  I thought the "M" was for music?  TruTV aka FictionalTV.  History Channel aka AliensInMyRestorationPawnShop Channel.

 

It really is all catered to mindless mouth breathers.

 

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NFL AM makes me want to jab the remote control through my eye socket it's so terrible. They're trying to make it the Today Show of the NFL and unfortunately, that's a terrible idea full stop.

 

The real problem with ESPN and some of these sports networks is that they've stopped trying to inform the audience and are instead trying to dazzle them. They talk about vague things like "he wanted it more" and "this guy just wins games" rather than "they executed a perfect defense to take their best player effectively out of the game"  or "this guy has a tremendous supporting cast and here's why the wins may not tell the whole story". I understand it's easier to make flashy content, and hell it drove ratings up for a while, but people got bored of it and a lot of people are dropping cable because cable television has literally gone to complete poo over the past 3 years.

 

The worst thing about cable TV at the moment is that the History Channel is now a reality TV network, everything on TruTV is a lie, MTV hasn't shown a music video in prime time since I graduated college, SciFi is now SyFy, Travel Channel is now "slightly weird food network", and ESPN has stopped actually covering sports and has now switched to some sort of athlete melodrama that occasionally airs sporting events as well. I could go on but now I'm too worked up to sleep and I have a meeting in the morning. God dammit.

That's pretty insightful and hilarious...nice

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Yes, down with ESPN! Burn it to the ground!

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Espn lost me when they made their programming more about their personalities then actual sports.

I never once tuned into espn because I just got to hear what one of their analysts had to say. And I know he knows the NBA bust Steven A. Talking about anything else is so dumb I want to blow my brains out and just end it.

Last time I tuned in was during the NBA finals and they were having a discussion and another analyst started to give his opinion and he yelled over the other analyst and told him to shut up while he was talking when he had just stopped before the other guy started. I seriously couldn't believe something that unprofessional happened and the other guy was so stunned I don't think he even knew how to react.

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NFL AM makes me want to jab the remote control through my eye socket it's so terrible. They're trying to make it the Today Show of the NFL and unfortunately, that's a terrible idea full stop.

 

The real problem with ESPN and some of these sports networks is that they've stopped trying to inform the audience and are instead trying to dazzle them. They talk about vague things like "he wanted it more" and "this guy just wins games" rather than "they executed a perfect defense to take their best player effectively out of the game"  or "this guy has a tremendous supporting cast and here's why the wins may not tell the whole story". I understand it's easier to make flashy content, and hell it drove ratings up for a while, but people got bored of it and a lot of people are dropping cable because cable television has literally gone to complete poo over the past 3 years.

 

The worst thing about cable TV at the moment is that the History Channel is now a reality TV network, everything on TruTV is a lie, MTV hasn't shown a music video in prime time since I graduated college, SciFi is now SyFy, Travel Channel is now "slightly weird food network", and ESPN has stopped actually covering sports and has now switched to some sort of athlete melodrama that occasionally airs sporting events as well. I could go on but now I'm too worked up to sleep and I have a meeting in the morning. God dammit.

 

LMFAO!

 

Please come back after your meeting and continue.........

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I'd say ESPN went down the crapper when they got into "sports entertainment," not "sports." You know, like that horribly over-dramatic soap opera "Playmakers" a few years back. Then they serve you up some hot, steamy ish like "Cold Pizza," which then gave way to full time trolling-counter trolling format in the form of Bayless and Stephen A.

When they decided to lean towards entertainment versus actually sports, that's when they jumped the shark. Too much emphasis on their personalities and not enough on the sports.

I remember watching them broadcast lumberjack contests when I was a kid when it was a slow time of the year in sports (like right now - after basketball, before football starts back). Now they have a "debate" show with a guest cameo by a horribly shallow and heavily-influenced-by-drugs hip-hop artist, to whom they suck up to non-stop during their appearances. It's just too much...

Funny you should bring up Playmakers. Because the NFL got that show canceled becsuse it depicted football players in a bad light. That's pretty ironic, don't you think?

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To be fair to the NFL, that show was really really dumb. Even if it was accurate.

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To be fair to the NFL, that show was really really dumb. Even if it was accurate.


I think the NFL had that show cancelled because it wasn't real enough

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ESPN has lost some charm.  I wouldn't miss SportsCenter at night for anything about 10 years ago.  In fact, I'd stay up and watch Baseball Tonight afterwards too.  The hosts are just not as funny as they were back then.

 

I think the internet has really put a dent in them too.   ESPN used to be the best place to get sports news before the internet got vastly popular.  Now you can just open a website or twitter and get all the news you need, instantly.

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It isn't just ESPN, TV ratings as a whole are going down the shitter as well.

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