After reading a post from a fellow classmate claiming, “ESPN has died,” I became defensive of a company that not only myself, but the rest of the world relies on for sports news. Claire claims that ESPN has become too reliant on sports gossip rather than reporting the action aspect of sports news. I have to counter that thought.
When you want to know who won last night’s Heat v. Thunder basketball game, where do you check? When you don’t get a ticket to the Duke v. Carolina game, where do you watch the game? And, when you want to check where the nation’s top recruits went, where do you read live coverage?
I will boldly state that 98% of Americans would answer ESPN.
With the vast amount of social platforms, ESPN continues to dominate sports news. The dominance of not only the brand, but the valued news in ESPN shows the success of the company in the sports world. Between the multiple television stations, the app, Twitter account, Facebook page, among many others I’m sure, ESPN is the place to go.
Sure, I understand the point that ESPN has become more aware of the “gossip” in the sports world, but I would in no way say it consumes the company to the point of death. It simply adds more conversation to discuss.
The media world we live in craves new information to discuss on the multitude of social media platforms users can turn to. Because of the high demand on various sites 24 hours a day, ESPN has to cover different aspects of the sports world. Back when the only forms of media that needed stories were television, radio and ESPN the magazine, more time could be devoted to purely discussion on sports play, because, at the end of the day, that’s what ESPN is all about. But, that’s not the world we live in anymore.
Although worlds are changing, many would say that sports fans enjoy hearing about news regarding their favorite sports players both on and off the field/court. Sure, it does get excessive hearing about Michael Sam and Jason Collin’s sexual preference and Tim Tebow’s potential rejoining the NFL, but at the end of the day, ESPN is all about sports.
Yes, there may be a two or three topics on the rundown reporting social news of players, but the rest are filled with top plays, upcoming match ups and analyzation of game film. ESPN covers the important games that will hold reader and viewer attention, and it does. Think about when Kobe Bryant was involved in the rape case, America wanted to know about it and ESPN covered it.
ESPN isn’t taking away their efforts of game coverage and discussion, they’re simply adding more content. It seems to be working, too.
Let me know the next time you would rather watch another sports network, until then, ESPN is very much still alive and thriving.