Remember when you could just enjoy a game without being inundated with political statements? How about watching your favorite weekly sports analysis show? Those too are now rife with woke sentiments. Does anyone want to actually talk about the game?
I long ago stopped watching ESPN and the major league sports which I had been a fan of for decades.
In 2020, just when Americans needed an escape from the drudgery of COVID lockdowns and riots in the streets, sports would have been a great outlet for many to come together and forget about the pain. Instead, sports leagues and analysis shows ramped up their commitments to the corrupt Black Lives Matter Global Initiative and ensured Americans couldn’t escape the propaganda by covering their courts, fields, jerseys, and advertising in BLM-approved symbols and phrases.
Now, two years later, the damage this pandering did to sports is plain to see.
Scott McKay discusses the fate of sports in The American Spectator, beginning with a quote from Clay Travis at Outkick (abridged):
Last year ESPN lost eight million cable and satellite subscribers, finishing 2021 with around 75 million total subscribers. That eight million subscriber loss, an average of nearly 22,000 people a day, represented 10% of ESPN’s overall subscriber base and accelerated a calamitous decline from over 100 million subscribers just over a decade ago.
The loss of those eight million subscribers will cost the network roughly a billion a year in recurring revenue across all ESPN network properties.
The number, which was released by the company itself just before Thanksgiving in late November of last year, escaped most major media attention, despite representing the largest yearly subscriber loss in ESPN history.
ESPN bears some of the blame for this. Not just pushing the woke angle the past few years, but commoditizing sports as entertainment as it’s done.
America is now a place where ordinary citizens are deciding that even fast food is too pricey for their budgets given the price of gasoline, where babies suffer from malnutrition thanks to a baby formula shortage, where farmers can’t buy tractors to sow and harvest their crops thanks to a microchip shortage, and where public schools are now factories for emotionally wrecked children abused by lunatics proselytizing a suicidal trans agenda on the taxpayer dime.
That America has no time for college and pro sports. That America is too busy fighting for its survival.
Which means soon ESPN will have to fight for its own survival. And maybe the pro and college sports leagues will, too.
by SCOTT MCKAY
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