ESPN and Its "Parent Company, Disney": A Policy of Insincerity

Hoody Wayes's picture
July 24, 2012 at 2:55p

Most of the time, an ESPN broadcast seems like life in a grudgingly, sober frat house: "Ok. We can't drink on-air. So, we'll just be obnoxious." It's a glitzy, bore.

From Berman's bombast - to wondering when balloons and confetti will fall from the lights, celebrating Stewart Scott's one-millionth utterance of, "as cool as the other side of the pillow." - ESPN, on its network's character, alone - has long-since (to invoke another ABC property) "jumped the shark!"

But, its coverage of the Sandusky Scandal has revealed its other traits: from overwhelmed by the gravity of the Penn State story as it broke to - as of this past week - completely, reprehensible.

As Paterno's statue came down, ESPN's company-line - delivered by many of its analysts - projected the notion that the NCAA would go beyond its purview, by stepping into this mess. How many times in the past few days have we heard an ESPN personality exclaim, "this is a criminal matter?"

Question: why is it so important for ESPN to editorialize, by driving this one opinion? Answer: ESPN and its "parent company, Disney", are protecting their property - college football - by demonizing the NCAA.

Again, articles 2.4 and 10.1 of the NCAA constitution "command ethical conduct on behalf of coaches and others associated with athletic programs, and 2.4 expansively states, 'These values should be manifest not only in athletics participation, but also in the broad spectrum of activities affecting the athletics program."'

Penn State's failure of authority, mandated the NCAA's actions. The NCAA's actions against Penn State were "necessary and proper."

ESPN needs to refine its reporting, allowing the story to speak for itself, without the routine editorial quips it obviously expects its newsreaders to use, in an immature campaign, to appeal to their audience.

And Disney should stop ESPN's attack on the NCAA - forthwith. The fate of Penn State's football program is a minor story, compared to the lifelong struggle Sandusky's victims will wage.

Remember, Disney: Jerry Sandusky's victims were children. Children! Aren't children your number one customers, Disney?

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FROMTHE18's picture

ESPN is and always will be a joke, until a comparable sports channel exists, its what we got...although I do find myself watching more of the BTN these days

GoBucks713's picture

Jason and the folks here at 11W are in dire need of a "slow clap" feature. Well Done HW.

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My personal Lord and saviour.

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BED's picture

I had one of the Dawson, but the gif wouldn't cycle.

Edit - Found one that does.

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OSUBias's picture

This is awesome and neverending amusement. Thank you!

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cinserious's picture

Don't you give me that condescending clap vanderbeek!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

BED's picture

That's how Iowa's QB rolls.

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

i'll take btn over espn all day too.  all espn is good for anymore is highlights on mute.  

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

faux_maestro's picture

ESPiN has been a joke for quite some time, though I'm not really sure when it happened. It didn't always seem that way. I refuse to watch other than Buckeye games and the major golf tournament rounds they have.

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Crimson's picture

Very well written Hoody.  Sorry, this means you're ineligible for a job at ESPN.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Didn't ESPN know about this scandal long before it was in the public?  

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Mark May has yet to know of its existence. He's still focused on Tat-Gate

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NC_Buckeye's picture

It's not just ESPiN though that has adopted this hyperbolic, high-outrage rant against the NCAA ruling. There's Forde at Yahoo!. Staples and now Mandel at Sports Illustrated. If I get a chance this weekend, I'll go thru a bunch of football writers and try to get a fix on their positions.
Almost everyone of these guys for some reason dismiss the notion that an institutional cover-up reflects a problem with institutional control. They almost to a man want to divert the reader's focus instead to the criminal and civil proceedings. It's making me start to wonder if maybe these football writers are just one giant boys club. (Maybe if you have an alternate opinion, you hold yourself up to mockery and scorn by the group.) I noticed this same uniformity-of-cfb-writers opinion occurred with the "conference-champions only" debate during the playoff deliberations.
It's gotten to the point where Bruce Feldman is the only cfb writer I'll read for an objective opinion. Also Ramzy.

setman's picture

I think to a certain extent it is a CYA type of thing.  They have spent years writing about St. Paterno and Penn State.  And at the same time villainizing the NCAA.  For them to reverse those roles on this story, at this time, would be to admit that years of articles and stories that they wrote were just so much BS.  It is much easier to maintain the same narrative, with a minor adjustment to account for the Sandusky trial. 
1) The NCAA is the source of all evil.
2) Joe and Penn State did nothing wrong (with regards to the NCAA and its rules)

ShadyBuckeye's picture

I cant think of one positive thing to say about espn. it went from perhaps my favorite channel to one I wont even leave on if I happened to walk away from the tv and randomly switch to one of their channels cuz I dont want to give them the ratings. i despise them and it has little (if anything) to do with how they report on tOSU. I havent watched more than 5 minutes of that crap since football season. MTV>BET>TMZ>ESPN wait no... MTV=BET=TMZ=ESPN

Doc's picture

What's this Mtv you speak of?  I thought that channel went off the air in 1989.

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