ESPN, the Ratings Ho

This morning on the way in, the Mike and Mike Show…a poor national alternative to the local sports talk radio shows …. talked about Cam Newton, and then got into the Cowboys.

The Cowboys. The team that played one of the most boring, most neutral games of Week Seven gets run from the Mike and Mike show? Are you kidding me? It’s because you all like to hear about the boring @$$ Cowboys.

But that’s ESPN. It loves to put its favorites, which just happen to be your favorites — your stupid favorites like the Cowboys — out front. It denies anything going on elsewhere.

Stan Van Gundy made comments on Dan Le Batard Show. He believes the NBA prevented him from becoming a commentator on ESPN. He had a deal with ESPN. Once Commissioner Stern, the ringmaster — who does not like Stan Van — got involved, ESPN backed off of Van Gundy. Stan Van Panic made this statement:

What I find fascinating … you have to give David Stern and the NBA a lot of credit … ESPN pays the league, and then the league tells them what to do. It’s more ESPN’s problem. You gotta have no balls whatsoever to pay someone hundreds of millions of dollars and let them run your business.

That’s awesome. No matter what you think about Van Gundy, you have to admire his inability to remain quiet.  But it’s true: What business pays someone hundreds of millions of dollars, then gets told what to do by the payee? You know, besides an NBA team and a NBA player? It’s interesting.

ESPN needs to man up. Perhaps they should hire Tim Donaghy instead.


About bittersportspills

I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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