A turbulent year at ESPN took another turn this week with the announcement of president John Skipper’s resignation.
The cable sports giant had just extended Skipper’s contract through the year 2021 in November, move which CNN Money considered “a vote of confidence.” However, the former top executive at the network cited “substance addiction” as the reason for stepping down. [Content continues below.]
Under Skipper’s leadership, ESPN has faced accusations of bias for its injection of liberal political themes into sports coverage. From firing Hank Williams Jr. to over-the-top coverage of Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protests to removing a football announcer because his of his name, ESPN appears to have earned its “social justice warrior network” nickname.
Furthermore, the company’s double-standard of treatment of employee’s Twitter behavior has all but confirmed conservatives are not welcome at ESPN. Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Curt Schilling was fired for posting an image illustrating the problems with allowing men into women’s bathrooms and analyst Britt McHenry was told to remove the word “conservative” from her Twitter profile. Yet, leftist anchor Jemele Hill, who regularly engages in political speech on Twitter and once called President Trump a “white supremacist,” only faced punishment after she called for a boycott of ESPN’s sponsors.
In the midst of these controversies, ESPN’s viewership has tanked prompting multiple rounds of layoffs in 2017. Bloomberg Technology reports the network has lost over 2 million subscribers in the last fiscal year. With a subscriber fee of around $9 from every cable bill, that’s a loss of $216 million dollars in just one year.
The next leader will need to recognize the negative effect ESPN’s leftism has had on the bottom line.
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