In the past on this site, I have been a critic of the four-letter network. They have gone from a channel that is a complete go-to that people watch every day to something they can't stand.
Whether it is Mike Greenberg trying to be a football announcer or a SportsCenter anchor proclaiming Tony Romo hurting one of his fingers is the biggest story in all of sports, the way ESPN has evolved from a great place to get your news to pissing you off is something that is becoming one of the biggest problems in the sports world today.
And San Diego Padres reliever Heath Bell decided he would voice his opinion about it after seeing his team's opponent, the New York Mets, get nothing but love from the Baseball Tonight crew.
“I truly believe ESPN only cares about promoting the Red Sox and Yankees and Mets—and nobody else,” Bell told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “That's why I like the MLB Network, because they promote everybody. I'm really turned off by ESPN and Baseball Tonight. When Jake Peavy threw 8 1/3 innings on Saturday, they showed one pitch in the third inning and that was it. It's all about the Red Sox, Yankees, and Mets.”
He knows, the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Now obviously Bell limited himself to Major League Baseball, and that's for obvious reasons. Throw in another bigtime baseball franchise like the Chicago Cubs and that takes up most of the most of the baseball coverage on ESPN.
This can be said with any sport and this is why many sports fans like myself have gone to having it on in the background 24/7 to only watching Pardon the Interruption.
ESPN has become more tabloid than actual news reporting. Remember the days of actual highlights without somebody working on new schtick or trying to do an impression of some random player?
But that's the world we live in. Ratings rule the world and, in the current economic time like we are in right now, the more money you can bring in, the better it is for everybody.
Well, the employees at ESPN. Not the people who have to put up with talk still of Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson going to Cabo.
ESPN has become, in some ways, a pawn for the East Coast teams. They know they will get coverage no matter what. They are always the favorites to win the titles, they always talk about them, but most importantly, when they come on the different shows, they will not be ripped.
Publicity on the world's biggest sports network, even when it shouldn't happen, is the best pub, even if your quarterback goes to Cabo when the entire team was given a weekend off.
Things won't change on ESPN. It will probably get worse knowing how much they have changed things over the last few years.
They don't care, though. As long as they continue to rake in the cash instead of doing genuine, actual reporting about the entire world of sports.
I understand that not everybody wants to hear about the teams that are at the bottom of each division. Although, can you imagine what the coverage would be like if the Dallas Cowboys or the New England Patriots lost more games than they won next season?
If their go-to teams struggle, it will be even worse. Imagine the Yankees failing to make the playoffs this year, the coverage they get will be incredible.
No matter what he does against my beloved San Francisco Giants, I am now a Heath Bell fan. My hat's off to you.