ESPN has been selling out as of late. They just try to please the people that don't normally watch sports and are mildly interested, rather than appealing to hardcore fans of a specific or multiple sport(s). Obviously this must give them higher ratings, cuz they've stuck to that method over the last 3 or 4 years.
They repeat the top headlines over and over instead of giving you the full scope of today's sports news. Frustrating man. it's like buying a newspaper where the front page has been copied onto every other page so you just get the same shallow stuff over and over and over...
How did this come to be?
PTI was boss when it started back in 2001 or 2002, everybody loved their insightful, witty, and smart commentary about the days headlines (still great if you ask me). I know many people who tuned into ESPN just to watch them at 2:30. ESPN's ratings grew and then they said "hey! people would rather here pundits jabber about the top stories then report all the news! Lets make all of ESPN and ESPN2 like PTI".
Also like other news stations, they've become obsessed with "Pundittry". Have smart looking people tells us how we are supposed to feel about the news because we are too dumb to figure it out.
and then it started. Around the Horn, Cold Pizza, First Take, and most recently sportscenter, all just try to mimic the success of PTI.
Please don't get it twisted, I love PTI. But that doesn't mean it should be on all day. Some news just needs to be neutral and thorough. cut the bull, the pundits, just report everything that happened and STFU. Commentary is very interesting to listen to, however, it shouldn't be the foundation of a news organization.
Now a days they blow by the NBA so they can report on more popular shiit like Football or Baseball or occasionally NASCAR. talk about how the patriots are devastated by the loss of Tom "butt-chin" Brady (on a Wednesday). Remember when they were in love with Bret Farve over the summer? covering his plane ride to New York and shiit?
Warriors games and most NBA games need more coverage. Right now they either give you all back story (like the Carmelo Anthony 44pts for Obama story) and 20-30 secs of coverage, or they just show you highlights from the 4th quarter - like 1 play from the first half, two from the start of the 4th quarter and then a long clip on last play of the game.
maybe they should use that ComCasts OnDemand feature, and give you long highlights of everything. that way you can fast forward through the stuff you don't like!
If I had ESPN News channel I'd watch it. It shouldn't come to that though... why can't sportscenter just revert to it's old ways?
Talk about anything general in the NBA here.
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good topic first off (for once... j/k)
Well, i think PTI ruined PTI. What i mean is that Michael Wilbon and Tony Korenhieser both had huge egos when the show started. And these 2 egos would clash on a daily basis, and brought you the best 30 minutes of TV. Then something happen. TV ratings grew, and both guys changed. There already huge egos grew even more. But instead of clashing it on each other, they resulted to laziness.
See before, both guys did their own homework, said what THEY wanted to talk about, and were in essence in charge of what they said. This was at a time when "stat boy" would often correct them for like 2 minutes, instead of the 30 seconds it is now It was genuine.
Now, ESPN producers have taken over the show. But u can't blame ESPN, blame Tony and Mike. They use the exact same topics of ATH, and the passion from both man are gone. They both act like there too good for the show. ESPN pays them more now then ever, and they do less work. PLUS, they both miss a significant amount of time all the time.
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As of late??? Are you ****ing kidding me? ESPN has been shitty since Olberman left
And what the **** is JONATHON COACHMAN doing there as a presenter.
He's a ****ing old WWE Wrestling commentator.
ESPN lost all credibility with me when i saw that.
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watching "jim rome is burning" makes me love PTI...
From "we believe", to "we belong", to "we gon beatcho ass!"
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