The reason is “substance abuse.”
It hasn’t been a good year for the once mighty sports network, which has seen its ratings tumble while firing hundreds.
At issue has been the ESPN’s increased politicization. Fans raised objections. The network said that it was going to keep on doing what it had been was doing (basically embracing political correctness full on) even if viewers didn’t like it. ESPN even kept on an anchor who called President Trump a “white supremacist.”
Basically after that many ESPN viewers just threw up their hands and changed the channel.
Last week the network told its people, FINALLY, to “stick to sports.” (After it fired another 150 people.) But it might be too little too late.
Your audience TOLD YOU they didn’t want the PC nonsense, yet you continued down that suicidal road. Perhaps we now understand why judgement at the network appeared to be so lacking.
John Skipper resigned as president of ESPN and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks on Monday.
George Bodenheimer, ESPN’s president from 1998 to 2011 and its executive chairman until May 2014, will take over as the acting chairman of the company for the next 90 days to help Disney chairman and chief executive officer Bob Iger find Skipper’s replacement.