ESPN: A big joke

Read today that three ESPN commentators, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso have deals with Nike that call for them to speak at company events. This news comes in the heels of Erin Andrews being blasted by many (myself included) for endorsing shoes and other products.


Seriously, seriously pathetic.

I don’t care how many times ESPN says, “They’re professionals—there’s no conflict!” I don’t care how many times the “talent” (a pathetic misuse of English) swear, “Hey, we’re unbiased! We call ’em as we see ’em.” This is, and always has been, a glaring and undeniable and pathetic conflict of interest that should not—and cannot—be tolerated/accepted by ESPN, the network that wants its people to become celebrities themselves.

When, during one of the bowl games, Andrews noted how players needed to switch out of their Nikes, it was likely an unbiased, matter-of-fact comment. But because she’s literally paid by Reebok, we don’t know. And that’s the problem—perception, which overpowers reality by 100,000 percent.

Furthermore, if any of these people looked into the corporate workings of the shoe companies—paying laborers 7 cents per hour to slave away in an Asian industrial sweatshop, I sort of doubt they’d be so quick to smile for the cameras.


7 thoughts on “ESPN: A big joke”

  1. Far too often, the actions of the TV side leave me shaking my head. LeBronathon, anyone? Or how about a heaping helping of Favreapalooza?

    The sad thing is, the people there who do still try to practice responsible journalism — mostly on the .com side (full disclosure: including a few friends of mine), but also some TV folk — get smeared with the same brush.

  2. This also raises questions whether Fowler-Herbie-Corso favor Nike “schools” and opine more critically about Adidas, etc, ones.

  3. The child labor issue is not limited to shoe companies.
    Look at the products you buy. Chances are they are being made by the same group of laborers.
    Because so many have focused on Nike they have been forced to take action when others continue to turn a blind eye.
    Where do you think you shirts came from?
    How about your Flip Flops?

    1. how many of those items do you see me endorsing? and, were i asked to endorse something, i can promise you i’d look deeply into its practices.

  4. I can agree with that Jeff you haven’t endorsed any products and I don’t think they should either.
    I only suggest looking rationally at the Michael Moore syndrome.

  5. It’s ignorant to think many companies producing goods in Asia are allowing children to be involved in the production. Lots of $$$ is spent to ensure it isn’t done, part of why things cost what they do is the extra cost involved in watch-dogging the factories.

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