No More Roasts For ESPN

Monday, March 03, 2008


This is a small quote taken from a larger article on ESPN's growth and fluff, but I thought it was worth noting. From the Orlando Sentinel via TSB...

Dana Jacobson was suspended by the network for getting drunk and making religious slurs at a roast with fellow ESPN personalities Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic.

"We've had to adapt and I've made one change -- we're not doing any more roasts," said John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president of content. "The big adaptation is everybody has to be cognizant we're in a world where there is less and less privacy. . . . You have to watch what you say unless you're in your own home sealed in a hyperbaric chamber."

Skipper is willing to deal with the pain as long as the network continues to grow.
Yep...all for growth. Who cares if practices alienate fans, dumbs down content, and damages credibility. As long as we're growing, things are A-Ok! Oh and think about how much press the next roast would have got? You could have roasted Stephen A. Smith for $400 a ticket! Oh well.

ESPN Learns Its Lesson: No More Roasts (The Sporting Blog)
ESPN faces problems as sports network grows (Orlando Sentinel)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:09 PM

6 Comments:

So this isn't acceptable to ESPN but having Berman weave a tapestry of obscenity is? Please god, fire Berman so I can watch NFL coverage on ESPN again!

Anonymous said...
Mar 3, 2008, 1:01:00 PM  

No more roasts, but they can do all the boring sports awards banquets they want and reach the fans they already have. Great management idea. No growth. Even a greater chance to alienate the fans there so that would be NEGATIVE growth.

Anonymous said...
Mar 3, 2008, 1:24:00 PM  

I wonder how much (at least six figures?) did it cost ESPN to pay for and erase the rest of the roast video.

Rick James Bible Owner said...
Mar 3, 2008, 2:07:00 PM  

I demand to hear Stephen A. Smith roast Stephen A. Smith!

Draft King said...
Mar 3, 2008, 2:33:00 PM  

I'm still pissed that an ESPY was never awarded to Cecil Espy.

GMoney said...
Mar 3, 2008, 3:57:00 PM  

Did we ever get the video of her going apepoop? (you know what word that's supposed to be)

Anonymous said...
Mar 3, 2008, 4:12:00 PM  

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