Throughout my life, I have enjoyed many aspects of ESPN but there are also many noticeable flaws with how they deliver sporting news and sporting events. I like to compare ESPN to FOX News. They both produce heavily biased and sometimes inaccurate news and then air it on TV for millions of viewers to absorb. The only difference is that people don't HAVE to commit to FOX News because there are many other resources to receive their news such as CNN, MSNBC, etc. ESPN (owned by Disney) will continue to attract the majority of sports fans because there really is no other high-quality option (yet) to give people vast sports coverage 24/7.
ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network… Or should I say, Eastern Seaboard Programming Network?) delivers sporting news with an incredible amount of bias for large markets, particularly on the East Coast and the Los Angeles area. ESPN is headquartered in Bristol, CT which gives them a reason to give more attention to large markets on the East Coast. ESPN has also been giving much more attention to the Los Angeles area ever since they started shooting some episodes of SportsCenter in LA. Otherwise, they continue to obsessively talk about teams, regardless of their record, that have large markets on the East Coast or have gathered the most offseason attention as if it’s an episode of Entertainment Tonight. When focusing on the NFL, ESPN shows such as SportsCenter, NFL Live, and NFL Countdown will discuss pointless and dead topics like where Tim Tebow (a below-average QB famously known for being incredibly religious) is going to play next as a BACKUP QUARTERBACK or discuss for far too long about which team will win the NFC EAST (the division with currently the least talented teams) (NFL Standings). During the NBA season, SportsCenter, NBA Fastbreak, NBA Shootaround, and NBA Countdown will talk about LeBron James, LeBron James, and more LeBron James. ESPN will air games of LeBron and the Miami Heat play terrible teams that only appeal to Miami Heat fans because who else would watch them play the Charlotte Bobcats? (Heat-Bobcats Boxscore) Then on SportsCenter that night, they showed this...
...instead of my beloved Milwaukee Bucks highlights. I know, I know, the Bucks probably aren't worth it but ESPN tends to give the cold shoulder to the majority of (Midwestern) small-market teams that do not have LeBron James on their team or a Yankees logo on their jersey. Which reminds me, the bias is also seen with different sports including baseball.
During the MLB season, TV shows on ESPN such as SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight will discuss the Yankees and Red Sox as if they're going out of style, no matter their records. And if they play each other? Be prepared to hear about it all day. Baseball fans are also constantly frustrated with how ESPN will treat the NFL offseason as if it’s a higher priority than the heart of baseball season during the summer.
(MLB Memes on Facebook)
They will also rarely talk about soccer, hockey (unless it’s the postseason), or golf and tennis unless Tiger Woods or Serena Williams did something noteworthy.
One of the best examples of an ESPN show that has become difficult to watch due to their irrelevant and overused stories, is First Take. First Take, formerly known as Cold Pizza, has become incredibly popular over the last year ever since the boisterous Stephen A. Smith joined the panel. Now, Smith and good ole Skip Bayless will sit at a desk and argue about many different sports topics. However, their show tends to always discuss pointless “Hot Topic” stories like (you guessed it) Tim Tebow. I find the show entertaining at times but I mostly find myself sitting at the TV like...
For example, yes, this happened: