Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Why I Can’t Stand ESPN

Yesterday was a great day for sports in America. The Oklahoma City Thunder are halfway towards their goal of sending the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks fishin’ for the summer. Ryan Braun hit three straight homers and a triple as his Milwaukee Brewers beat my San Diego Padres 8-3. Major League baseball suspended Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young seven games for his anti-Semitic fight outside his team’s hotel.

But if you were watching ESPN this morning you wouldn’t know all of that happened because if your team isn’t on the East Coast you don’t matter. Click on the image below to follow along with the rest of this post.

ESPN SucksThe lead story? Amare Stoudemire hurting his hand after punching the protective glass on a fire extinguisher box. East Coast team.

The second story? Harbaugh sounds off. It’s a 50/50 chance it’s Jim Harbaugh, the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. But most likely it’s his brother John Harbaugh, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Another East Coast team.

Tedy Bruschi is live in the studio, but afterward it’s another poor, poor Amare Stoudemire story. That’s another East Coast story to follow.

After another in studio chat with Chris Mullin it’s Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat. Yet another East Coast story.

Finally, there’s another story on the New York Knicks without Amare Stoudemire for Game 3 against the Heat. And one more East Coast story for the road before I switch back to my local news.

Can we all agree that ESPN stands for the Eastern Seaboard Programming Network and they don’t care about anything west of Atlanta?


Zebster said...

I agree they have an East Coast bias and I liked it better when they covered what was worthy of covering more than who pays the bills but the East Coast pays their bills. That fact aside though, it will (and I think already has) hurt them in the long run.

Brent said...

They have an East Coast and popular bias. ESPN has done more to turn me off to popular teams like the Red Sox and Yankees and Cowboys than anything else they have done.

Just look at last year's NBA playoffs. Dallas won the title, but it was a focus on the Lakers when the Mavs swept them. It was a focus on the Thunder and their two young all-stars when the Mavs beat them for the West. And was their even a Mavericks story when they faced the Heat in the NBA finals?