Media

Random Media Thoughts: Espn Is Walmart.

John FalcettaSenior Analyst IJanuary 5, 2009

I have been watching a lot of sports my whole life.

I have taken notice of a few things as of late.

MLB Network

I like what I see so far from the new channel. Harold Reynolds is a great studio analyst. He took some heat from media critics for his performance for TBS in last year's playoffs.

He is back in his element in the studio. I think he can be a good game analyst if given time, but he was thrown in during the playoffs and was blasted for it.

I also like the Classic games and recent World Series games that aired this past weekend.

The hot stove show is must watch for baseball junkies.

So far so good. I can't wait until pitchers and catchers report.

ESPN

Where do I start?

Do I really need to see Chase Daniel's family every 10 seconds?

ESPN has mastered the art of overexposure. They beat you over the head with stories they want to tell you and force feed you garbage on a daily basis.

Tony Kornheiser may be the most annoying man in the world west of Jay Mariotti.

Do I really need to hear Mike Tirico on the radio AND see him in the play-by-play seat?

NO!

Pairing him with Scott Van Pelt is maybe the worst idea ever. The "radio show" they have is like two hours of the ficticious "Gumbel 2 Gumbel" from Family Guy. Just brutal.

It gets worse—Van Pelt gets his own hour. You quickly realize why it's only one.

Thank your personal higher power that the Colts got eliminated. I doubt anyone could have taken a Manning vs. Manning Super Bowl.

ESPN has become Walmart.

Everyone complains about Walmart but still shops there. Can't beat the prices or get an oil change and groceries anywhere else I guess.

Everyone complains about ESPN, but still watches and listens. They have a virtual monopoly.

Change may be coming to sports media, but not fast enough.

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