There's no denying that ESPN is a big reason why we, as a country, love sports. I mean seriously, would there even be a single superstar like there is today without it?
Larger-than-life athletes are as such because we can see their heroics on a daily highlight reel. That's just something a newspaper cannot compensate for.
But are we really content the way ESPN gives us, as men, our fundamental need for sports? I understand that no company is perfect,especially one that employs Skip Bayless (though it tries to compensate by banishing him to ESPN2) but ESPN really doesn't come close. There's a lot of room for improvement with the world wide leader in sports.
Part of the problem lies in its lack of competition.
ESPN has a monopoly on sports channels in America. The only other sports channels are regional or Versus, which nobody watches. Canada has several sports channels such as TSN, The Score and Rogers Sportsnet.
If a country that really only has one true love when it comes to sports can have several sports channels, why can a country 10 times the size have a few more?
The following is a list of the irks and bothers that ESPN has bestowed on to me. For some, this list may be smaller than the odds that John Clayton would ever be chosen first in a pickup football game, but I like to think that there's room for improvement.