It's no coincidence that simultaneously their website, cable channel, & radio all discuss the same team, angle, or story. This is how they do things. It's a far reaching philosophy I've noticed more and more the past few years. They care very little about the sport or the game and more about driving compelling storylines that they can use to push their audience through their many media outlets to follow.
But all that said why is today the day that I lost my patience? It's because today ESPN decided they would become E!. Let's call it E!SPN. It really started with the ridiculous and in many ways shameful "Who's Now" segment they've been forcing down our throats. It's more or less a popularity contest where people vote which athlete has the best combination of a professional resume, endorsements, TV career, celebrity girlfriend/boyfriend ect. I don't know about you, but as a man in his mid 20s I've never paid all that much attention to who my favorite sports stars are dating. Nor has any other man I know. So what is ESPN going for here?
Watch Stewart Scott, Keyshawn Johnson, Wilbon & co become Ryan Seacrest. I'm not kidding this is ridiculous. An actual quote from the segment "Matt Leinart has that LA buzz! He's been linked with Paris Hilton!"
Again, I've still not gotten to what really set me off today... so here I go. Sportscenter devoted an entire segment to covering the lavish wedding of Eva Longoria & Tony Parker in France. It was no mere mention of the story or a few pieces of video of Eva Longoria to look at... They actually brought on a British gossip correspondent and had the sportscenter anchor interview her for a good 5 minutes. They went over the details of how the couple had to have a civil ceremony this past week, they went over the full celebrity guest list, they showed photos of the castle the reception would be held in blah blah blah... During that interview the celeb gossip lady and the Sportscenter anchor proceeded to tell us multiple times how "Sports fans are interested in this wedding just as much the women who watch desperate housewives are!" NO WE AREN'T!!! No matter how many times you tell us we are, we really aren't!
Who are they kidding? I've never sat at a bar during an Eagles game or stood by the water cooler in my office with a couple of guys(who are supposed to be in ESPN's target demo) and discussed Tony Parker's wedding. Frankly, I've never even discussed Tony Parker.
There's a reason I don't watch E!. Because I don't care. Now that ESPN has become E!SPN I really don't care about them either...