ESPY ratings plummet 88% from last year

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  1. MowerDave

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    Lowest rated ESPYs ever, going back to 1995. With a sports-starved audience, you'd have expected folks to be tuning for this perennially highly-rated show. Drew less than 500,000. Previous low was 1.98 million back in 2011.

    It was surely expected to have a decreased audience, given that some awards were scrapped due to truncated seasons. But less than 500,000? Seems ESPNs strategy of turning the show into a social commentary did not work for them.

    This makes me happy.

    As much as I enjoy being able to have access to every football game we play, I'd gladly go back to the Jefferson Pilot game of the week days if it meant ESPN going under.

    https://www.westernjournal.com/espn...83tOlxHk0Ow-zGYk_7lCvB2HqiP5wAl-NZT03Gch7OvoI
     
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    Disney has deep pockets, you might want to consider a different goal/hope regarding ESPN imploding.

    when this board is at its best, there are sports everywhere.

    If Skip & Shannon can stay on TV..........
     
  3. MowerDave

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    Oh, I know it won't happen. One can dream though. What's life without dreams?
     
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    I've never watched and I definitely wasn't going to watch this year. Live shows that are at home, virtual with no live audience don't entice me one bit. That and I knew the events of the past several weeks were going to be at the forefront and I'm simply burned out from all of it.
     
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    It's too bad they didn't see this as an opportunity to give people a break from everything and just enjoy sports.
     
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    Honestly, never saw a single notice about the ESPYs this year until they were over. They certainly didn't publicize them like they normally do.
     
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    Agree - don`t know why anyone would want to watch that crap.
     
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    Sad part, everyone was stuck home in different parts of the country and the rating still dropped big time....
     
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    The snowflakes and their obsession with ESPN. The UFC has been drawing near record numbers for mediocre cards so it’s clear the issue is just the lack of live sports.

    FS1 has been in the tank as well and even their NASCAR races really haven’t helped them as those ratings have been among the lowest in their history of NASCAR coverage so obviously just being at home isn’t the answer.

    When actual sports start back up again they’ll be right back at the top and you can stop worrying.
     
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    No impending movies, no sports, no Disneyland. They might have deep pockets. No incoming cash has got to put a stretch on their company.
     
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    Well, ESPN switched to politics. I can get my political drivel from far better sources than ESPN. Normal news stations cover sports as a side show. ESPN was supposed to be the in depth analysis. Now they're basically another MSNBC covering all the politics in sports and the actual sports as almost an afterthought.
     
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    One thing for sure I don't need over paid athletes telling me what to think.
     
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    With society tuned out and not watching ESPN or listening to ESPN Radio, given no real sporting events, I'm not sure how a lot of people would of known about the show.

    I had no idea but I still would not of watched :)
     
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    Disney owns ABC and so has built-in mechanisms for pushing their political viewpoint through regular news media. I just don't see why it was necessary for them to turn ESPN into another propaganda tool.

    If they went 100% sports with ZERO politics, their viewership would go through the roof.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. I didn't even realize that it was on. I guess because there are no sports going on I don't have a reason to watch ESPN. I can't remember the last time I watched ESPN or even been on their web site.
     
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    But you are ok with overpaid radio disc jockeys telling you what to think.
     
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    Odd argument considering cable news shows that talk politics 24 hours a day and push a viewpoint are doing quite well.

    people love it when the station is Pushing their political view.
     
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    How is ESPN different from this board? I mean there are no sports so this board has pretty much turned political. Once sports return I'm hoping this board goes back to normal...bashing our head coaches.;)
     
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    You nailed it. Correct.
     
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    Well, it goes to show people are getting their political bs from better sources than ESPN. When they start showing and reviewing sports again, people may start to watch again.
     
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    You just proved my point, thanks. People tune into news programs for politics. Not sports networks.
     
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    Lol y’all whine about the most benign stuff
     
  23. MowerDave

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    Says the whiner.
     
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    A boo hoo hoo mah espn
     
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    Wait till the NFL starts taking a knee
     
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    I like how people say they won’t watch any sports because blah blah yet they are on a sports board 24/7 when there are almost zero sports being played
     
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    NFL ratings took a dive and then rebounded as they distanced themselves somewhat from the kneeling. It'll be interesting to see what effect, if any, their full-on embrace/endorsement of it has on their ratings. People may be so starved for sports it won't matter.
     
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    Look out, feeble is trying to get another political thread going. Don't take the bait.
     
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    I see you've decided to come back now that the mods have banned discussion of the Bubba Wallace noose hoax.
     
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    I stepped away because I’m not on the forums 24/7 lol
     
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    Funny, you seem to pretty much be omnipresent on here, until the story went sideways on you.
     
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    I hadn’t posted since Monday, when did the news come out?
     
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    Go easy on him. It's not easy to see your hopes and dreams of rampant racism and hate crimes come crashing down.
     
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    A boo hoo hoo, I originally said that I would have to wait until the evidence came out but I wouldn’t be surprised. But okay sure uh huh
     
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    Heritage rain delay ;) .
     
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    Wicked Tuna Outerbanks on Discovery starts Sunday.

    While I miss Anthony Bordaine, Gordon Ramsey Uncharted on National Geographic, has been OK to descent.
     
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    Beyond politics, awards shows in any genre are self congratulatory ego stroking of the worse kind. I believe people watched them because we idolized the participants. Now I truly believe folks on the left salivate to hear political viewpoints while all others detest these people when they are doing anything other than their jobs. Movies and sports are no longer glamourous or idolistic gluttony; ocassionally they are interesting because of some personal connection or need to relieve boredom.
     
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    When and if sports starts back up the politics crap is going to be in all sports . The mods wont be able to enforce because it has already spilt into college sports now.
     
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    Makes no sense to me. Even for the leftists, don't they want a break from politics from time-to-time? As a conservative, I wouldn't want to turn on a ballgame and have them discussing conservative political viewpoint.
     
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    Yep...
     
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