As usual, they consider their views superior and deem it their duty to get in the faces of others, even when it may not be appropriate. ESPN is paying a financial price but instead of respecting the American sports-viewing audience, they’ll probably find a reason to double down until WE get our minds right.
In the last two months, ESPN has lost 1,176,000 subscribers, a subscriber loss nearly the size of the city of Dallas, Texas. In 2013, a mere three years ago, ESPN had 99 million subscribers. That’s right, in the last three years, ESPN lost somewhere in the neighborhood of ten million subscribers, the rough equivalent of the combined populations of New York City and Phoenix.
ESPN’s slate of uber-opinionated, radically leftist programs such as Around the Horn, First Take, Pardon the Interruption, His & Hers, and others all appear on ESPN or ESPN2, the channels which have seen the greatest decline.
When Rush Limbaugh said what many outside of Philadelphia thought of Donovan McNabb and why he was given more slack than other NFL quarterbacks, he was let go. Curt Schilling said almost the same thing about RGIII and with the same result. ESPN produces programming that not only celebrates the accomplishment of athletes, but how we should feel about social issues we just may not want to deal with when we’re taking our escapist, sports time-out.