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Old 10-03-2012, 03:50 PM  
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An Inside Look At The Ridiculous Hype Machine That ESPN Turned Itself Into

I gave up on watching ESPN quite a while ago. I eventually abandoned cable and satellite TV all together, so it's not like I can wander by the channel and get hooked by a particular program. I do occasionally see a few minutes of ESPN at work in the break room. It typically confirms my opinion that ESPN is giant flaming pile of garbage.

Here's an interview with a guy that did radio work for them, Doug Gottlieb. It is referred to as an "exit interview" as he talks about his time with ESPN:

http://www.danpatrick.com/2012/10/03...ebow-coverage/

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I was told specifically, 'You can't talk enough Tebow.' I would jokingly throw it into a segment. 'I gotta find 15 seconds here to talk about Tebow, all right let's move on and talk about Major League Baseball.'

Is it ridiculous how much you have to talk about Tebow? Yeah! But for whatever reason people can't get enough of that story, and they kind of stoke the fire—that's kind of what ESPN does.

They've lost that credibility, a large portion of the credibility of covering news. I think that it's now: ‘What's trending?' Focus groups. You're trying to create things there. Bernie Fine story at Syracuse. Where's that? The New Orleans story with the Saints with Mickey Loomis? Where's that? Where are those stories? Those are big stories that you guys created. You were late on the Joe Paterno story. I think there's just a different mindset from what they're doing and how they're covering it. And they always fall back on ‘Well, Bob Ley covers the serious news stories.' SportsCenter should be covering sports, they should be covering the news. I think they created it with Tebow. And ESPN embarrassed themselves in spending a week out there at Jets camp.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:39 PM   #16
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ESPN is starting to give way too much time to the constant debates between Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless. Those things are starting to look staged.
Id rather BME Olympic myself than watch those two idiots.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:47 PM   #17
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I'd rather eat old beef stew from a colostomy bag than watch sports center. The only thing they do worth a shit are those 30 for 30 documentaries.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:50 PM   #18
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I'd rather eat old beef stew from a colostomy bag than watch sports center. The only thing they do worth a shit are those 30 for 30 documentaries.
Dude....
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:55 PM   #19
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30 for 30 and Behind the Lines is great.....the rest is trash.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:08 PM   #20
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Yeah, I like him a lot too. He is like Bob Costas, no matter what the subject he always has an intelligent take that you want to listen to.
And gives *great* interviews. That whole crew is...for the most part likable.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:16 PM   #21
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Stuart Scott needs to retire or whatever.

He's unbearable to watch Monday nights.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:38 PM   #22
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ESPN has been almost total garbage for years. I stopped watching it about 6 years ago when it was clear that it was more about them than the sports and were doing cringeworthy stuff like that "town hall meeting" over Vick. They occasionally have something worthwhile (some of their E:60? and the 30 for 30 stuff was decent), but I definitely did not miss it when I stopped getting cable.

I did watch Sportscenter some here and there and they've toned it down to being ok. For a while there it was it was just about whatever two random dipshits they had doing it trying to come up with dumbass things to say. While I know that sounds like what Sportscenter has always been but it was so much worse. Say what you will about Berman and Stuart Scott (I'm not big fans of either one myself) but having two people that look like they're probably interns just randomly interjecting gibberish and then laughing about it made it impossible to even watch highlights/recaps.

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ESPN is starting to give way too much time to the constant debates between Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless. Those things are starting to look staged.
Both of them have been following the school of "act like a jackass and say outrageous things and get pissy when people call you on it" as long as they've been on ESPN. Its always been an act and ESPN has been building up to that for years. I always hoped their token "mediator" woman they'd push out there would just scream for them to , but they never did.

ESPN is now pretty much what this place is. Or at least was for the time I've been here until the season started and the Chiefs fully shit the bed and completely depressed everyone to the point no one can even really get worked up enough to fling textual feces at each other.

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The Dan Patrick show is really great. It is the only TV\Radio sports talk type stuff I tune into.
ESPN has some good personalities but for whatever reason they rarely show up on the channel any more. I get he has his radio show and stuff but they need more people like him and less like the murderer's row of blowhards they've been trotting out across the board. Its one thing for a late afternoon show like PTI or Around the Horn (never cared much for the former, and the latter was entertaining for like 6 months before it went full retard, actually I think I watched it for about a full year before it started to be more annoying than entertaining but it was my late afternoon sugar rush after classes), but for every single segment?

I get why they do it, but its still annoying as hell. Even other shows they seemed to be forcing people to act like stupid assholes, like Mike and Mike. It was decent serious (but not overtly so) discussion, and then they started having the smaller one act like a ****ing idiot half the time.

Van Pelt (Scott?) is another one that is rarely on but is how I think ESPN should portray itself. I think he does Sportscenter well. Him and, I don't know the guy's name, he has dark gray kinda curly hair and glasses. And of course Kenny Mayne. Steve Levy is solid too.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:55 PM   #23
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The Decision pretty much sealed it for me. What a bunch of grandstanding hacks. If you're not a semi-literate punk who roots for big market teams or mindlessly follows their propped-up superstars, ESPN has no use for you.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:58 PM   #24
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The worst part is we pretty much all have ourselves to blame as fans. People dont watch it because it is on they watch it because they know that is what we want to see.

They are reactive...they go by ratings. Too many people like shit.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:04 PM   #25
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I ****ing hate ESPN. Only watch when a game is on, or maybe maybe Sunday mornings. I haven't watched sport scent in probably a decade.

30 for 30 is the only thing on the POS thats any good. It's great
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:30 PM   #26
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At least there's a few more options for sports fans now.

NBC sports network, NFL network, MLB, NBA, NHL networks, Fox sports, regional metro sports, etc.....

Of course, a lot of those are on higher tiered cable packages....
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:09 PM   #27
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ESPN has turned itself into TMZ covering sports teams.
Except TMZ is actually funny. They don't try to pass themselves off as a serious news source.

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Old 10-03-2012, 08:20 PM   #28
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:29 AM   #29
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NBCSN still has a bunch of bugs, but I like where they try to go most of the time. MLB and NHL network have great anchors. NHL just doesn't have a lot of great content, MLB does. NFL network has good content but their anchors are as "TMZ" as ESPN's are. When Faulk and Prime Time are a big part of your coverage you aren't going for quality.
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It's too bad. I can remember a time when I'd wake up, turn on Sportscenter, and literally watch repeats of it all morning while I did shit around the house. Now I don't even know what channel ESPN is on.
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