ESPN has been having financial trouble lately and it’s not hard to figure out why. Not only are most of the shows on the channel boring, but they made the strange decision to start injecting politics into their programming. In fact, you can make the argument they went full SJW.
One of the most glaring examples of that reality was the behavior of Jemele Hill. You might remember that she thought it would be fun to call the president a white supremacist with absolutely no proof.
Obviously, that’s completely false.
ESPN then gave her a 2 week paid vacation.
From Fox News:
An ESPN host who got sidelined for two weeks after calling President Trump a “white supremacist” and urging people to boycott Dallas Cowboys’ advertisers will pocket an estimated $40,000 or more during her time in the sports network’s penalty box.
Jemele Hill was suspended for repeatedly violating the company’s social media guidelines, but the punishment comes with a paycheck, according to a tweet from author James Miller, who literally wrote the book on ESPN.
Some interesting news broke on Friday.
Jemele Hill is no longer hosting her own show.
From The Daily Caller:
ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill is leaving the 6:00 p.m. SC6 edition of SportsCenter to join the staff of The Undefeated, the ESPN microsite that fuses sports, race and culture, as well as other additional assignments. It is believed Hill asked for the assignment change.
Well, well, well.
You have to imagine that this has something to do with Jemele’s comments. That doesn’t mean that management was mad about what she said but it could be that the ratings took a hit or they didn’t want her name associated with the show.
There’s no doubt ESPN is having trouble. Jemele is lucky to still be working for the company considering the massive layoffs at the company.
ESPN announced on Wednesday, that they will eliminate 150 studio and production jobs from their staff. Continuing a trend that began last year, as the company moves to cut costs in the face of massive subscriber losses.
From New York Post:
ESPN will lay off more than 100 employees after Thanksgiving, according to a Sports Illustrated report Thursday, affecting talent all over the company, from front-facing TV personalities to technology staffers.
A particular target of this round of layoffs will be “SportsCenter,” once a tentpole hit that has become increasingly irrelevant and increasingly less frequent. On-air talent will be laid off from the program, SI reported.
As traditional TV becomes less a staple of the household and with ESPN tied up in exorbitant contracts to air live sports events, the network has seen declining gains, and multiple rounds of layoffs.
Could it be that ESPN is finally learning its lesson? Is it possible they will finally stop pushing liberal politics and start talking about sports?
They should be careful, though. Not only are people tuning out but they are turning into competitors like Fox Sports 1. People have a lot of options these days in terms of places to get their sports info. ESPN needs to adapt or it will only get harder for them.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]