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For a time, I actually bought the idea that ESPN’s new president Jimmy Pitaro was serious when he said the World Wide Bottom Feeder was going to “stick to sports and stay out of politics.” You’ve heard me say more than once that sports is where I go to get away from the tortures of every-day life like politics. It’s no accident the ESPN’s ratings have nose-dived over the past few years when it became “Woke-Center.”
So when the World Wide Bottom Feeder axed then-president John Skipper for taking the network down that ratings rabbit-hole and replaced him with Pitaro I thought it was the right move. I was even more confident when Pitaro pronounced there would be no more politics on the network.
Man, was I a sucker…
I should have known better when the butt-holes in Bristol made a big deal out of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team and the fact that certain members said if they won the World Cup, they wouldn’t go to the White House. At first, I let that slide figuring that ESPN was simply generating interest for an event it was carrying. I can’t fault them; let’s be honest…in terms of interest, women’s soccer needs all the help it can get.
But after the World Cup, ESPN let the leader of that team spew a cavalcade of pointed non-sports blather, and did so more than once. Not only did they give this woman a platform for a lot of political content, they did it in a way designed to give her maximum credibility.
Then yesterday, Dan LeBatard shattered the “no politics” illusion with his rant about events at a rally held by President Trump. I’m not getting into the politics because I want to keep this centered around the point that Pitaro is completely full of shit. LeBatard’s rant proves that right or left, up or down, black or white, ESPN is as full of politics as it ever was.
What proves that is that LeBatard still has a job today. If Pitaro’s was serious about a “no politics” policy, then he really would have no choice but to fire LeBatard. If Curt Schilling can lose his job over posting something on a Twitter account which had nothing to do with the network, and Jemele Hill can get the gate for calling President Trump a “white supremacist,” there simply can’t be a clearer reason for dismissal than what LeBatard did.
The reason why LeBatard deserved to be fired is also as clear. The whole point behind the “no politics” policy is that ESPN has been hemorrhaging viewers for quite some time, and it’s no secret that a huge factor in that decline was the World Wide Bottom Feeder’s political slant. When LeBatard starts painting the patrons at a Trump rally with the broad brush of racism, he’s firing a shot across the bow of a major portion of ESPN’s audience; there’s a ton of sports fans who are also Trump supporters. One of the unifying factors for Trump supporters is something I’ve been saying for years; they are the socio-economic middle of this country who are tired of being blamed for things that aren’t their fault. Even if you want to reject that notion, there’s no arguing that Michael Jordan was undeniably right when he was asked years ago about why he tended to avoid politics.
Because Republicans buy sneakers, too.
Not only do they buy sneakers, they are sports fans…and therefore they watch ESPN. But the Dan LeBatards of the world will turn ESPN into the NFL…which stands for “Not for Long” if the “no politics” policy proves to be so much bullshit. There’s no clearer indicator that’s exactly what it is than the fact that LeBatard didn’t get fired yesterday for what couldn’t be a more egregious violation of a so-called “no politics” policy.
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