Ok, that's it. That's the final straw. I've long held suspicions about ESPN and its corporate sleaze; about how the network essentially tries to get their pundits and personaities to make outlandish statements just to stir the pot and get fans (like us) upset and angry. Instead of doing their job, which is to report sports news, they focus more on entertainment and shock in order to rope in more viewers.
Today, we fans got confirmation of this standard practice at ESPN from one of their own employees. Chuckie Hacks (linked from Deadspin) details:
You can't tell me this doesn't happen all the time. Sure, stirring up the pot for ratings sake is good for business. But why have ex players and coaches on if they can't say what they really believe? Why not just have a bunch of 3 Wingos and John Andersons on there and say a bunch of nonsense? I grew up watching ESPN about 23 hours of the day, now I would rather slam my johnson with a sledgehammer than watch one hour of BooYahCenter.
PTI, gone. NFL Live, seeya. ESPNews, take a hike.
I won't link to their articles, read their site, or even comment on anything ESPN writes, says, or does. ESPN is officially DEAD to me.
Kruk's comments confirm for me that anything ever said by any ESPN broadcaster or "expert" might not have been the opinion of the person, but rather the opinion of a bunch of network sleazo executives, who are making the broadcaster or "expert" say the crap they are saying because it is hip, cool, or will garner more ratings.
ESPN is dead to me now. This kind of crap really pisses me off. Thank god for sports blogs. When garbage like this happens, at least there are things like the Internet where opinions are not filtered or "suggested" by some dumbass network executive.