ESPN host Scott Van Pelt recently said the claims that ESPN’s “SportsCenter” is ending due to fans boycotting the networks are false.
He appeared on Jimmy Traina’s “Off The Board,” saying that the network is doing pretty well.
However, some numbers show ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” rating was down 20%, and the “Fantasy Football Now” was down 15%.
November Cable Coverage per source:
ESPN: 87.043M (-480,000 vs October)
FS1: 84.713M (-584,000 vs October)
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— Sports TV Ratings (@SportsTVRatings) October 30, 2017
Also, ESPN lost nearly 480,000 subscribers in October.
Pelt slammed those attacking ESPN on social media.
“This make-believe world where everyone talks s— … this s—-talking, poke-you-in-the-chest virtual, whatever, it’s just there’s nothing more chickens— than that,” Pelt stated.
Pelt pointed out that if ESPN was hated so much as cyber trolls try to present, he would’ve known by now.
“If that’s how people really felt, somewhere along the line, I would’ve intersected with someone that felt that way and came up and said, ‘Hey, I think your show sucks. I think ESPN sucks and I think you guys are doomed.’ Never. Not once,” he said.
“I understand why people just wanna be negative because that’s the world. And it’s only in this make-believe space on the internet. Not once in my whole life has anybody come up to me in an airport or at a game or at a bar or at a grocery store or at a restaurant or anywhere on earth, not once, and said to me, ‘ESPN sucks, you suck, your show sucks. I can’t stand you.’ Not one time. Never,” he said.
Even though ESPN hears about people saying they will cancel the network, Pelt said only a few actually do that the rest is only an empty talk.
“If you truly wanna boycott the NFL and you wanna boycott ESPN, the notion that some guy sitting out there, or gal, and they decide, ‘You know what, I’m gonna cut my entire cable package because ESPN gave an award on a made-up show in July because there’s no sports, to a woman who used to be a man, so I’m now not gonna have any cable TV at all and I’m gonna sit around at night and read books by candlelight like olden times because of that.’”
“That’s not happening,” he said.
Adding that anyone who decides to cancel ESPN for that reason is not a loss at all.
“And if you did that, then you’re so dumb that I can’t even pray for you because you’re beyond hope. If that was your reaction to this, was to deny yourself the ability to watch television, I mean that just hasn’t happened and didn’t happen, so I boycott them,” he stated.
Pelt stated that he is attempting to clarify that ESPN is financially fine, but only few care to listen to the facts.
“I would try to educate people, but it’s pointless to educate people who don’t care to be educated. I guess people believe that we’re hemorrhaging money when that’s not the case,” he stated.
“There’s no one in this space that is just hiring on gobs more people and aren’t trying to figure out what to do. What’s the old cliche? The wind blows hardest at the top of the mountain?” he stated. “That’s where we are. That’s what you’re going to get.”
The battle to survive today is not so easy, he added, but he sees the proof every day that ESPN is well and alive.
“Define ‘dead’ for me. It’s crazy. I got a nice little deal here and it’s amazing, every couple of weeks the direct deposit is right there and I’m thankful and that’s going to continue, so define ‘dead’ for me.”
“Decisions to be made and difficult obstacles to overcome and no smart person would refute that, but again, when you say ‘dead and doomed and it’s over,’ that’s just patently false,” he said.
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