Over the last several years ESPN, which was known to be the leader in sports news has become nothing more than a political talk show.
ESPN is owned by Disney, and the tanking network is dragging Disney into the sewer. Last year, Disney looked to sell ESPN but could find anyone willing to buy the debt-heavy network.
It is staggering that they don’t change their format back to just sports, because no one cares what these retired athletes political views and opinions are.
ESPN is the network that hosts Monday Night Football, the trio running the show have recently come under fire, but the network has no plans to change it.
Daily Caller writes:
ESPN apparently doesn’t have any plans to switch up the broadcasting team on “Monday Night Football” anytime soon.
The team of Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten and Booger McFarland has been routinely dragged throughout the season. Listening to the three of them has become more a show than the actual game, and that’s not something the ESPN or the NFL should want.
But don’t get your hopes up for a change. According to ProFootballTalk, Witten told The Athletic the following:
I think it’s a long-term plan. I think a lot of people always assumed that I would get into coaching or management and all that kind of stuff at some point, and I don’t know that’s the case. I think that the biggest thing for me is you can’t allow noise to get in the way of what your goals are and what you want to do. I understand what the narrative is, and I’m committed to the long-game approach of being [an analyst]. If I could say anything, not in a sensitive or bitter way, it would just be, ‘Hey, look, if you really just studied it and looked at it and watched it, it has evolved.’
Look, I like Jason Witten. I think he’s a really good dude, he was a hell of a pro tight end, he’s clearly highly intelligent, and he seems like the kind of guy you’d love to drink a beer with. That doesn’t mean this whole ‘MNF’ setup, however, is working out incredibly well.
The “Monday Night Football” broadcasts are flirting with becoming a comedy show. Again, that’s not something the league or anybody else involved with the situation can be loving.
I honestly have no idea what Booger McFarland’s role in the whole production is other than to be a gigantic distraction.
If ESPN really wants to improve the ‘MNF’ broadcast, they’d go out and get a guy like Peyton Manning in the booth. They need a super laid-back NFL legend with plenty of charisma to put on a show. Maybe even Brett Favre or Jay Cutler could take the lead role of color commentary.
All I know for sure is that it’s not working out well at all right now. Something has to change, and not switching up the team is a disastrous decision by ESPN.
Hopefully, Disney will weigh in on ESPN’s horrible track record and start firing the leadership of this trash network. Viewership of the NFL has already hit a new historic low, having to listen to these guys could be a big part of the problem.