Here’s an utterly depressing thought. What if ESPN, upon self-reflection about all the socially left-leaning, agenda driven coverage of things like Jason Collins, Michael Sam, Richie Incognito et. al., did NOT come to the conclusion that they are potentially turning away/annoying fans who just want to enjoy sports as an “escape”. But rather, came to the conclusion that perhaps they aren’t leaning left hard enough!
If that thought makes you slightly ill… I caution you not to read any further….
Lipsyte synthesizes the familiar grievance thusly: “Enough already about Michael Sam, Jason Collins, Richie Incognito, Jonathan Martin, concussions and the N-word. I turn on ESPN to get away from the stress of everyday life, to relax with my friends, to share some family time with the kids. Why do you keep shoving that stuff in my face?”
Eat it, Lipsyte essentially responds. “I don’t think ESPN is actually shoving enough of that stuff in enough faces often enough,” the ombudsman writes. “The coverage of issues that jump the white lines tends to be hit-and-run, treated as isolated events rather than as a web of Jock Culture attitudes and politics that are connected and need continual attention.”
Wonderful. And given how tepid, copycat, and disorganized the new Fox Sports One seems to be as a real alternative to the 4-letter Borg in Bristol, I would say that ESPN is plenty free to keep pushing their agenda even harder.
What are you gonna do? Not watch?