So ESPN in my opinion does a pretty good job of covering live events. Gameday is great for both football and basketball and in general they nail day-of-game coverage type stuff. They've always been prone to self promotion (if a game is on ESPN you'll hear all about it. If it's not, you wont. How many minutes did they talk hockey during the playoffs? Or even the NBA playoffs that were on the other channel?) and I get that. The 30 for 30 series was great and I'm glad to see that they're doing more documentaries. They've made the NFL draft a 3 day event that gets great ratings. ESPN has also done a great job IMO of local content. They hired away TomVH from here and in general WolverineNation has been a success. Their city-based programming is great too. I live in Chicago and ESPNChicago.com and the local radio AM 1000 is top-notch sports coverage.
So what the hell are they doing with their national stuff? Are they trolling true sports fans? Someone over there has to know that Skip Bayless and Steven A Smith are terrible analysts/probably terrible people. And they're the front page coverage of the NBA finals. Last night I turned on ESPN as background noise and those two were debating if Lebron was greater than Jordan. Seriously? Between Tebow and Linsanity they can kill a story, make it a zombie, kill it, make a sequel zombie and then double tap just to be safe. Mike and Mike seem more interested in talking about their wives than sports, and are ridiculously quick to overreact. "Durant is great! Durant sucks. Lebron will never win a ring! Lebron wins tonight! Blow up Miami! Oh wait, their 3rd best player was out." And to top it all off they just hired creepster extraordinaire Rovell.
What's their end game here? Are they trolling and weeding out the knowledgable sports fans? (If you're on mgo you're a smart fan). Are some higher-ups so convinced that they're making great decisions and it's an emperor's new clothes situation? Or are they all conviced that they dominate the market so much that no one can touch them, so who gives a damn? I'm to the point where certain national things on ESPN are appointment viewing and I can't stand sportscenter as background noise anymore. Where are you with ESPN? Have any ideas on what the hell they're trying to do here? This link from mgolicious put it well http://holdintherope.blogspot.com/2012/06/espn-skip-bayless-and-where-this-is-all.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HoldinTheRope+%28Holdin%27+The+Rope%29&utm_content=Google+Reader when will their credibility erode completely?