With the multitude of options that Americans have for entertainment, the creeping plague of politics doesn’t belong everywhere.
In fact, a great many Americans these days are having trouble finding respite from the ridiculous behavior of our “public servants”. Every holiday or family gathering is spent walking on eggshells around folks whose opinions we really don’t want to be bludgeoned with day in and day out. We hear about politics at work, on the radio, in music, at home…it’s all a bit too much.
So we escape to wherever we can in order to stay sane.
For many this respite comes in the form of sports, where the pinnacle of the species compete against one another with a singular focus; to produce results at the highest of levels, both for entertainment and for glory.
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When ESPN, the “worldwide leader in sports”, began injecting an unhealthy dose of political content into their programming, Americans were none too happy. Suddenly the world of sports was no longer a sanctuary, but an extension of the annoyance of political drama.
After fielding innumerable complaints about their straying from the path, ESPN has finally thrown in the towel.
Let the network president Jimmy Pitaro explain:
Pitaro has also satisfied ESPN’s more traditional fans by steering commentators away from political discussions on-air and on social media, which heightened during President Trump’s criticism of NFL player protests against social injustice during the playing of the national anthem.
“Without question our data tells us our fans do not want us to cover politics, ”Pitaro said. “My job is to provide clarity. I really believe that some of our talent was confused on what was expected of them. If you fast-forward to today, I don’t believe they are confused.”
The only question remaining for Pitaro and ESPN is whether or not they have any time left on the clock to claw their way back into America’s good graces, or if they’ll go down on a called strike three.
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