Many of us have noted the degree to which ESPN shills for the SEC. But amid the budget and personnel cuts, the profit-seeking, much of the remaining pretense of balance or journalistic integrity is being abandoned at the sports media giant. Very good piece at Deadspin chronicles the continued downdrift of an organization that once struck fear in the hearts of the most powerful people in sports. One tactic being urged for on-air personnel: mention Tim Tebow repeatedly, whether he's doing anything at all:
"Given that ESPN has deals with nearly every major league—and ignores the ones with which it doesn't have deals—the question has become inescapable: How can the company produce honest journalism when it's in business with, well, everybody?"
EDIT: Mods please delete. I was drawn to a group of articles about the cuts at ESPN and this came up. Having just heard Tebow's rant--echoes of Urban Meyer and UM--about how Wisconsin shouldn't get in the CFP at Alabama's expense, I assumed it was current.