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Discussion in 'Sports' started by tireatr, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    I used to like watching ESPN a few hours a week. Not so much anymore. They're trying too hard to make Sports a business to the fans. I get it, it IS a business, but do we really need to know the salaries structure of every team, player, sport? Mock drafts, stories on which team can sign this player or that based on need/Cap is more than I care to know about. I spend all day AT WORK managing people, costs, projects. Then I go home and manage my money, my household, my chores. The last thing I want to do is absorb more information about someone else's money. Is it the Social media phenomenon? is it Voyeurism? Do we really need to know how much money the Hot player of the week is re-signing for?

    For me, sports is strategy and the game, but it's also about a small break for the real world, not all that different from watching a movie. Going to a base ball game is as much about being there as the game itself. Baseball is a slow game, a game where you can take in the atmosphere, the people. FB, Basketball, Hockey, Auto sports are different. There is constant action, which also takes us away from our daily lives in a different way. Maybe I'm getting old, or maybe ESPN is missing the target.
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  2. spanky

    spanky Well, maybe....

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    I stopped watching ESPN a few years ago when they became overtly political. I'm now down to occasionally watching Golic & Wingo and even that's getting to be too much fluff and BS. Guess it's time to ride.....
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  3. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    That's entertainment.
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  4. devo2002

    devo2002 Long timer

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    With the rise of gambling, fantasy leagues, draft kings, these are all pertinent facts. As someone who bets sports daily and puts in futures bets, it's very helpful, however I can see how it would be annoying. And looking at an actual game today, there's all sorts of stats, where the pitch went, split screens, etc. Watch a baseball rerun from the 80's, they don't even have the pitch count, you'd need to remember or use the ump counter. :lol3
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  5. Gootch

    Gootch Long timer Supporter

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    I still watch Sportscenter. I'm a fan of highlights.

    I do get tired of the reporting on contracts and all of the other business-related aspects of sports but my local paper, Sports Illustrated on-line and everybody else does the same. Apparently that's sports these days.
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  6. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Since my TV died about ten years ago, espn is very low on things I miss about not having a TV.

    A network who hires and promotes a guy named Booger I have no use for.
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  7. SnipTheDog

    SnipTheDog Been here awhile

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    I still watch PTI when it's aired. With Boomer and Stuart Scott no longer providing commentary for Sports Center, it's become a dull and boring. Can't stand Scott Van Pelt and his cult of personality.
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  8. 1greenmachine

    1greenmachine Long timer

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    I don't watch ESPN much, have watch G&W in mornings as it was decent but lately is just repeat the same little content and the Golic bobble heads while talking has gotten old.
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  9. MarLion

    MarLion n00b

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    Don’t really watch ESPN anymore too but I still get my occasional updates from their site (match schedules, player stats, etc.). We can debate about the politics and all the in-betweens of ESPN but unfortunately, they do have the information that I want to see right away. Not sure if anyone here is a fan of cricket aside from me, but ESPNcricinfo is a godsend.
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  10. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    WOW the folks over at ESPN are getting desperate. Saturday morning I saw a tournament style bracket of the “Best college Basketball commentators” ever.

    Really? That’s just lame.
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  11. SnipTheDog

    SnipTheDog Been here awhile

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    Was that on 'The Ocho'?
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  12. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    They should all JSTFU and broadcast re-runs of games rom the '70s.
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  13. inline4

    inline4 Long timer

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    Cowherd is an ass. A real ass.

    meh.....don't watch the arrogant ESPN people.

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  14. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    Now it’s virtual NASCAR and NBA guys playing each other on Video BB games. What’s really sad is I am absolutely sure people are tuning in and watching this.
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  15. spanky

    spanky Well, maybe....

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    Just announced that NE has traded Gronk to TB. I didn't know they still owned his "rights" but if correct he'll be teamed up with his 'ol buddy again.
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  16. inline4

    inline4 Long timer

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    I'm not sure he knows he was traded.

    Or what day it is.

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  17. spanky

    spanky Well, maybe....

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    The MNF team's been discharged. No more Booger or Joe Tess in the booth.
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  18. 1greenmachine

    1greenmachine Long timer

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    Dont worry ESPN will put some other idiots in their place and suck just as bad.
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  19. spanky

    spanky Well, maybe....

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    I couldn't stand Booger. Joe Tess was okay but I found myself turning down the TV volume to escape that jaskass' missives.
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    1greenmachine Long timer

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    I wasnt a fan either, thou putting him in that chair lift with all the fan noise was really stupid. For the most part the monday games were mostly background noise as painful as they made watching.
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