Most sports fans take sports much more seriously than politics or religion. Most sports fans know more about their favorite teams and players than they do politicians and religious leaders. I quit watching ESPN years ago, and it has nothing to do with political views.
What struck me the most in reading this is the phrase, “Worldwide Leader in Sports.” For me growing up, sports news was one part of the nightly news broadcast. There was no television network that was devoted to sports. When ESPN was started they were indeed the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” because they were the only sports network.
The first place where ESPN failed for me, is the same place where many news shows have failed for me. The attitudes and egos of the announcers became bigger than the stories they covered. Another area where ESPN failed for me, is not in any political bias, but in a regional bias. They appeared to favor the New York and New England sports teams.
When individual sports networks came on the scene, I have no reason to watch ESPN. I love hockey. Because ESPN has no current affiliation with the NHL they don’t cover hockey. I only listen to ESPN on the radio in the morning drive to work where I have no other options for a local sports station. It is frustrating during the NHL playoffs to have no updates on the NHL playoffs, but talk about the NFL, which is not even in season. When I get home from work, I watch the NHL network. When the NHL playoffs are over, I will switch over to the MLB network. I have no need for ESPN.
There are more people fired up over sports franchises moving from city to another, than they are the political views of the announcers on ESPN. There are many reasons I gave up on ESPN. I’ve offered a few here, but political views is not a reason.