Watching Sportscenter this morning, I was about to get my daily dose of Who's Now - this time a "matchup" between Tiger Woods and Dwayne Wade. However, today's voting panel was a star-studded affair, with Kevin James and Jessica Biel from that Chuck and Larry movie (along with Mike Greenberg from Mike and Mike in the morning, but no one really cares about him). Kevin James was wearing a Chuck and Larry baseball cap to promote the movie as well. I thought having Wilbon and Herbstreit was bad enough, but with Kevin James on purely for publicity reasons, ESPN has truly reached a new low. This honestly might even be worse than their fake press conferences.
And if you needed yet another reason to hate Who's Now, check out this gem of a quote from Jessica Biel: "D-Wade, he's down low, he's got a low profile." Ok, I thought this was a rule of thumb generally understood by everyone but I guess not: White people should not call Dwayne Wade "D-Wade", nor ever call him "down low".
I really am starting to feel like I'm getting dumber everyday by watching this. I encourage you all to read the article at SportsByBrooks.com about the state of TV sports reporting nowadays. The author makes some great points about why ESPN is such garbage right now, like this:
Since sports media competition has receded, ESPN has repeatedly made disastrous programming decisions. The entire EOE division is a major boondoggle (somewhere Mark Shapiro is giggling). And shows like "ESPN Hollywood", "Quite Frankly" and features like "Who's Now" and the fake Steve Phillips press conferences are prime examples of what happens in a monopoly. When you have no competition, you have no accountability, and creative quality inevitability suffers.
One thing I always wonder is whether there is an opportunity for a channel like Fox Sports Net to clean up this mess. It wouldn't be hard - all they'd have to do is advertise "ALL SPORTS. NO BULL." and I'd switch over immediately. I used to love ESPN like it was my first-born child, but a lot of garbage over the years has really made me start to despise it. ESPN Hollywood was bad, but it was its own show and had the ability to be cancelled. Seeing Biel on Sportscenter made me almost turn the TV off - that would've been a first - because the corruption has now gone to the network's premier show that will never be canceled nor fixed.
There's no way the clips that ESPN uses are copyrighted in any way, and I doubt they can copyright the HD clips either (since using them for sports highlights would be fair use, I assume), so this is a good a time as any for Fox Sports to swoop in and steal all of ESPN's fans. I know I'd start watching Fox Sports National Sports Report HD in a heartbeat.
What do you all think? Can ESPN and Sportscenter be salvaged, or should we declare the network dead and hope something else comes along to take its place?
This post was originally written in an e-mail to a friend the other day, but I wanted to open the topic up to discussion from some Newsvine users, so I'm reposting it here. I apologize if the Biel/James-Who's Now topic is a few days old.