A Really Bad Day in Bristol

Bristol
BobLee
May02/ 2017

A Really Bad Day In Bristol

On Wednesday Last a seismic shockwave hit The American Sports Scene. Its epicenter was the bucolic Connecticut village of Bristol.

Bristol is one of a handful of towns that need no further description to 95% of sports fans in America.  Others being Cooperstown, Green Bay, Augusta, and Lewiston ….. Lewiston ???

Surely you’ans know why Lewiston (ME.) I famous. May 1965 Ali – Liston Rematch. The all-time most famous boxing photo of Muhammed Ali taunting a downed Sonny Liston took place in Lewiston before 2,400 spectators. …. I digress.

Bristol is the world HQ of The Worldwide Leader of Sports John SkipperMedia – ESPN. The CEO of ESPN is Lexington NC native and UNCCH alum (’75) John Skipper. If you have read at least five columns here you know that.

Last Wednesday the much ballyhooed “firing of 100 on-air employees” took place at ESPN. The most famous of whom was Danny Kenallprobably former FlaState QB Danny Kanell.

Apparently “a lot” of ESPN viewers “hated” Danny Kanell. How come? Probably the same reason “a lot” hate Kirk Herbstreit, Joe Buck, Jay Bilas, their pro team’s GM, their college team’s AD, their boss and their next door neighbor.

Why sports fans “hate” is simply “because”. Like why do fans still bring those “D – Fence” signs to games.

There were a dozen or so others laid-off of lesser renown and another 80 known only to family, ESPN associates, and former high school classmates who boasted about “my old friend who works at ESPN”. Now he or she doesn’t any more.

The reason for the layoffs (i.e, firings) was multiple quarters of substantial decreases in profit at the Disney-owned media behemoth… with no indication of profit/loss trend reversals.

ESPN is not “losing money” but is simply not “printing money” as Disney suits and stockholders had come to enjoy.

When a “Goliath” in any industry stumbles the rest of the Philistines gather ‘round and pontificate the whys with lots of tongue clucking and “I told you soing”. When the industry is “the media” the pontificating is thru the roof.

Assuming you heard about the ESPN layoffs, you likely saw articles on the various “whys” in some sort of numerical ranking.

“Cord cutting” is either #1 or #2 on most “why” lists. ESPN has been getting $7 per subscriber per month from every cable system in America as part of a “basic package”. It (ESPN) is not an ala carte option.

Enough of your fellow Americans are “cutting their cable/satellite cords” for various reasons that ESPN has lost 10% of their monthly subscriber revenues in recent month. John Skipper keeps saying that “cord cutting” is not an issue but his Disney bosses say otherwise.

Millennials are decidedly trending towards NOT cable life styles. Uh oh.

“Cord cutting” continues as America finds other viewing systems beyond cable/satellites. “Other viewing systems” seem to sprout up daily.

Further ESPN issues is that cable/satellite subscribers who are not “cutting their cable” are choosing to NOT watch ESPN in the high volume they used to. This greatly impacts advertising revenue as rates are based on eyes on the ads.

Yet another “issue” that contributed to Danny Kanell and 99 others being “let go” is the exorbitant “rights fees” that ESPN is contracted to pay for televising NCAA Football / Basketball, NFL, NBA and various other sports leagues around te world.

Those long-term contracts – in the BILLIONS – were negotiated based on projected ad revenues based on projected # of viewers…. Which are not materializing. Meanwhile dozens of whozit players particularly in the NBA are making eight figure salaries because the NBA owners have those ESPN $$$ guaranteed.

OK… you don’t really care about cord-cutting, viewership, and rights fees do you? You’ve read this far waiting for me to “go ballistic” about John Skipper and his gang of quite rabid SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) using their ESPN bully pulpit to cram their political ideology down viewers’ throats.

John Skipper’s ESPN Mission Statement….  We at ESPN Hate Donald Trump and all those 65,000,000 mouth-breathing racist bigots that voted for him.  All 65,000,000 of whom have TVs… and a high % are sprts fans.

Sounds like my pen pal “Very Angry Alex The Author”…. Huh?

Since I’ve been alerting you to this for well over a year, I shouldn’t have to any more.Jamele Hill

John Skipper’s SJW Hit Squad is led by Jamele Hill – a corn-rowed Angela Davis wannabee and hard-core BLM activist. Jamele is poised to be “The Face of John Skipper’s ESPN”.

Then there’s Michele Beadle – with the on-air persona of a potty-mouth trollop –  who can and does say pretty Michelle Beadlemuch anything she pleases. Ya think Beadle’s target audience of pimply-faced “Bart Simpsons” in soiled Fruit of The Looms is Progressive and Geico’s customer base ???

Bomani Jones

Bomani Jones (who I think has a Durham connection) is palsy walsy wth Jim Goodmon’s WRAL sports guys of similar ilk. Bomani sees “racial injustice” behind every pitch, punt, rebound, or putt.Rachel Nichols

Then there is Rachel Nichols who compared HB2 to “Jim Crow”. Rachel is also ESPN’s raging feminist ever alert to real or imagined gender slurs.

It is widely reported that Skipper is pursuing FoxSports1’s notorious “potty mouth trollop” persona Katie Nolan. This piece-of-work makes Michelle Beadle look “high class” by comparison.  The “Bart Simpsons” Whoopi Cushion crowd REALLY like this gal.  She once did WHAT for a tray of Oreos !!!!  OH MY!

Both Jamele and Bomani come across as “intellectually savvy”… likely much more so than CEO Skipper. Subtle intimidation of Skipper for their purpose is not inconceivable.  Not uncommon within “the American Left”.

Assorted other “angry millennials on a mission” are scattered across ESPN’s day time marathon of indistinguishable scream-athons.

That any human actually watches more than ten minutes of all those shows combined would cause Charles Darwin to apologize to monkeys for associating simians to homo sapiens. I’m sure neither Adam nor Eve claim any relation either.

It should be noted that nary a one of Skipper’s SJW Gang was “let go” last week. He has no plans to trim back on the overt in-yo-face on-air insulting of a VERY high % of American sports fans.

If, and it will NOT happen, ESPN actually went belly-up, the ONLY program I would miss would be College Football Gameday.

What could happen is the Disney suits canning John Skipper (UNC’75) and bringing in someone else to chart a different direction for ESPN. I can see THAT happening in the months to come

IMO, ESPN’s “direction” should not have any socio-political identity whatsoever. Of course I recommend the same for Roy Williams’ press conferences…. Without much success thus far.

Maybe ESPN cans Skipper and then UNCCH hires him as YET ANOTHER Vice Chancellor of Ridiculous Bureaucratic Excess…. IF Roy approves of course.

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Fans of BILLIONS were treated to a HUMDINGER episode this past week.   YOWSA !!!!

BobLee
  • NCSU77 Reply
    3 weeks ago

    This is a little late, and maybe the timing is bad. Have you read the column in the Wall Street Journal entitled “How a Gawker-Affiliated Website Made ESPN Politically Correct” by Jason Whitlock (former on air talent”. It’s about the neutering of ESPN by some website named “Deadspin”. Apparently this column has sent the lefties into an uproar.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      I’m very familiar with Jason. He can be unpredictable in his POV but always provocative with NO LOVE for ESPN. I had not seen this article. Thanks.

  • Scots.Irish Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Being a true southern boy with a distinct southern-centric outlook I naturally assumed your headline was referring to Bristol, TN and the left turn boys of NASCAR. Imagine my surprise to learn that there is another Bristol.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      THE one NASCAR race to see if one only sees one ….. “Thunder Valley”.

  • Oldalphawolf Reply
    4 weeks ago

    Kennel not commenting? Oh no! Such value lost 😏😜. Woe is me 😊

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Careful Ol Alpha… best to let sleeping Kennels lay…

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    4 weeks ago

    Skipper and his “team” seems to forget that 80 odd percent of Hillary’s Deplorables are probably some type of sports fan. Pick a number….is 33% of HRC’s 68,000,000 sports fans?

    One does have to wonder. Kennel is a sports fan…..but most of the folks that go to the rallies dressed as female gentalia ain’t watching Scott Van Pelt.

    Factoid per Derrick Whittenberg. Survive and Advance is ESPN’S most watched sports documentary….or maybe the most watched sports documentary overall. Whatever the stat, he would only smile when I quipped about residuals.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      I think it is a safe assumption that “not liberals” are more likely to be avid sports fans than are “liberals”. If so them Skipper is driving off his prime viewer market. Ideological zealotry can blur one’s vision.

      • NCSU68Grad Reply
        4 weeks ago

        Roll the Thelma and Louise clip

  • Former96heel Reply
    4 weeks ago

    I’m guessing Disney spins off the property while it is actually still profitable.
    .
    Do they still show sports or is it all talking heads yelling in between riveting NCAA softball games?

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      I miss Australian Rules Football with the official in the raincoat waving flags.

  • Doug Reply
    4 weeks ago

    What ESPN is doing with their social justice warriors is akin to Wal-Mart telling their greeters to insult everyone coming through the door to shop instead of offering a kindly word. Skipper, I think, is indeed in the short rows of his time in Bristol.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Insulting current/potenial customers never seems a wise business decision. Skipper has been ESPN CEO about 6-8 years. Thats about the average lifetime in that high profile position.

  • The agony of defeat Reply
    4 weeks ago

    *Yawn*

    Where we going for dinner?

  • Raymon.H Reply
    4 weeks ago

    “potty mouth trollops”?? You are being way to kind to both of”em. I think even Bart Simpson would quickly tire of their acts.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Hopefully it is a niche audience for both Beadle and Nolan. Your basic sports bar louts who have Frequent Diner cards at Hooters.

      • Eddie.Beaufort Reply
        4 weeks ago

        I think they appeal to guys who think budffaloes have wings.

        • BobLee Reply
          4 weeks ago

          I’m stealing that line. 🙂

  • rivlax Reply
    4 weeks ago

    Was surprised to see Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra doing the ACC lacrosse championships in the wake of the ESPN blood bath. Who’da thunk two lax commentators would survive? Then again, maybe they’ll be shown the door after Memorial Day when the NCAA lacrosse national championship tournament ends. Nobody else at ESPN even knows the rules of lacrosse.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      In know a retired Lax Nut in Durham with lots of time on his hands. Doubt he would pass Skipper’s litmus test though.

    • ultraviolet Reply
      3 weeks ago

      They probably stayed on since their salaries are barely above minimum wage in relative terms.

  • TarSpartan Reply
    4 weeks ago

    I cut my cable cord in 2006 and haven’t looked back since. Does that make me a trendsetter? Or just a right-wing tightwad? 😉

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Are the two mutually exclusive? One can be both.

  • Anne.87 Reply
    4 weeks ago

    WHY would any company marketing to a mass audience go out of its way to offend at least half of that market … with any sort of political bias ?

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      UNLESS that company’s business is related to a specific partisan audience, I cannot imagine why. Disney stockholders seem to be asking the same question. It applies to employees like Roy Williams too. WHY offend at least half of a customer or fan base ???

  • An.Axe.Fan Reply
    4 weeks ago

    Boy you are right about BILLIONS. I did NOT see THAT coming AT ALL. Can’t wait for next week’s finale.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Me either. I’m pretty good at figuring out plots like that but the lat scene TOTALLY caught me by surprise. Next week’s SHOWDOWN between Bobby and Chuck should be a Humdinger!
      .
      I love Bobby’s line about “… Sonny on The Causeway”. You either “get it” or you don’t. I “got it”.

  • Ed.in.Burlington Reply
    4 weeks ago

    There seems to be some confusion re: Bob Kennel commenting here? Whats the Real Story”?

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Confusion? Pretty simple… Bob wanted the privilege of commenting here without anyone, incuding ME, having the privilege of responding to his comments. No one including ME has that exclusive “privilege”. He was not / is not “banned” at all. He can comment here any time he pleases and say anything he pleases. He has indicated to me that he does not plan to comment here again. That could change I assume.

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