Earlier today, I engaged in a lively Twitter conversation regarding ESPN’s step-by-step takeover of every local sports market in the country.
To put it bluntly, I think it sucks.
I go to ESPN for news stories that have national scope and appeal, to read national columnists I enjoy, and for the aggregation of basic news like scores, standings, and schedules. I don’t need ESPN to take great writers “out” of their local markets and aggregate them all for me. I know how to use an RSS reader you smug, arrogant, monopoly.
Congratulations on scrubbing the local veneer right off of some terrific local writers them by removing them from their local sites and local papers to place them on ESPN’s generic f’ing article template.
Oh, and one more thing, I think I speak for everyone in the Midwest, and certainly everyone in Cleveland, when I say that we’d all appreciate you keeping your East Coast-biased opinions about LeBron and New York to your f’ing selves. (Or, you know, to the New York papers, where such persistent advocation of such a viewpoint belongs.)
When I got back from lunch today I hopped over to ESPN.com to see if anything major had happened in the world of sports while I was gone. This is the image I was met with:
Look everybody! ESPN has a New York section now!
And guess how they chose to introduce it? With their 1 millionth suggestion on one of their 1 million platforms (Worldwide Leader!) that Cleveland cannot possibly be good enough for LeBron and that SURELY he will go to the only city truly worth of a star.
Well here is what I have to say to you ESPN: go f–k yourselves.
(And yeah, I know it’s lame to not just spell the word out, but we try to keep things as clean as possible here. For the kids! (And the search engines…) It’s one of our core values, like ESPN advocating LeBron to New York every five f’ing minutes.)
Look, I realize LeBron could go to New York. I realize he could go to New Jersey. I also realize, unlike ESPN apparently, that he could also choose to stay in *gasp* Cleveland. I’m just so sick and tired of the focus on LeBron-to-New-York being posited as some kind of inevitability that I could scream (or write a pissed off blog post that may or may not actually make a point by the time I hit publish).
And you see, here’s the problem: I would expect to smacked in the face with a front page image like this if I went to a New York website. But I didn’t go to a New York website, I went to ESPN…except that ESPN now has ESPNNewYork.com so it is a New York website, whether I like it or not.
Maybe I’m making too big a deal of this. I realize that LeBron’s ultimate destination is inherently a national story and maybe everyone really does want him to go to New York or just assumes that he will. All I know is that seeing it splashed on the front page of ESPN.com today – on the same day LeBron was quoted as saying that his #1 goal is a bring a championship to the city of Cleveland – just set me off.
Combine that with my percolating hatred for ESPN’s diabolically brilliant plan to monopolize all local sports reporting and I’ve about had my fill of the WWL.
It’s all good though. Baseball season is about to start, which means ESPN gets bumped on a nightly basis for the MLB Network. The MLBN isn’t perfect by any means, but at least I don’t get the feeling that their execs sit around smugly enjoying their own flatulence or incessantly and unabashedly chasing tail.
That’s all. Back to your regularly scheduled late Friday lighthearted blog browsing.