John U. Bacon is scheduled to be a guest tonight on Olbermann Live. ESPNews, if you've got it.
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Olbermann's new show is actually pretty good... ESPN needs more stuff like this with personel like him instead of the douches like Skip Bayless.
I agree about his show. As long as he follows the Mgoblog cardinal rule: No Politics!
Well, the ultimate downfall of his past shows weren't his politics (obviously not over at that channel I have child-blocked at my home) but the fact that he is apparently a giant, whiny baby. Should fit in well over at ESPNz. I was going to give his show a chance but he's on ESPNews... which I guess is now the 4th or 5th most relevant ESPN channel? ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Classic --> ESPNews? Boy, he's fallen pretty quickly. I mean, is he competing for airtime with Don Imus?
He clashes with higher ups too much like you said. I mean it ratings wise. He can turn off a lot of potential viewers if he delves into politics.
It is usually on ESPN2 it just got pushed because of tennis. Second week he has had to deal with that.
Weren't the ground rules for Olbermann's new show that he wasn't allowed to talk politics?
Nope. Politics are not an issue, according to both him and his employers, and there is no moratorium. There is, apparently, an understanding that the show is about sports.
If you want more time for Olbermann and less for "douches like Skip Bayless," watch Olbermann and don't watch First Take, or whatever it is called now. Bayless has become like a "heel" in professional wrestling, where his relevance is now judged by "heat." As long as people mention him and turn on the show, he is a lock to have a job.
Or has he already?
Skip Bayless is annoying as shit, but that is exactly what he is paid to be. It's a show that doesn't need writers. The script is the endless supply of news and the show ends up being the absurd reactions and opinions to it. Never forget what the E stands for, it comes before the S.
And when there shouldn't be much to talk about, they come up with something that was supposed to be minor and blow it up for 45 minutes. Gotta love ESPN!
Olbermann's site had the segment up:
Good show. loved the Tebow segment
That was actually a pretty good interview, and Bacon has an interesting approach:while most of the public outcry is about the "bad" people who are playing, he is arguing that the players are the solution, not the problem.
He and Kornheiser are almost certainly wrong that the "top 64" football programs want to break off from the NCAA and become NFL (and/or NBA) minor league franchises that just have employees as players. I see no incentive for that. I think it is likelier that the top 64 or whatever branch off a new division in football and/or basketball that allows them to provide stipends.
I thought it was interesting that he mentioned that the Penn State players saved that program.
I'm not a big fan of the way PSU's board, administration, Pennsylvania's politicians, the NCAA, and the B1G handled things, but my hat is off to the players now.
They did a pretty cool thing for their team.