You can call me old-fashioned or a sports-traditionalist, but I don’t care for all the commentary around sports, or the efforts at treating it as ‘entertainment’. I may represent a small minority, but I attend games or watch them on television (or my computer) to experience the purity of the athleticism. In fact, I don’t believe that I’ve ever watched the ‘talking heads’ on any of the ESPN sports programs, and I’ve long ago removed those overwrought sports websites (e.g., Deadspin) from my newsfeed. The only reason that I would tune into ESPN on my TV is that a specific game that I want to see live is being aired on that channel.
It appears that the leadership at ESPN is making it even more difficult to tolerate their broadcasts:
The leadership at ESPN seems to think it can change the way people think by injecting left wing politics into its coverage of professional sports. Instead, they are alienating sports fans, many of whom are conservatives, and destroying their brand at the same time.
Source: ESPN Determined to Kill its Brand With Left Wing Politics