Sunday, December 23, 2012

Don't like it? Don't watch it

Much has been made, especially it seems in the last couple years, about aspects of the way ESPN goes about being, well, ESPN.

That was on full display recently with the controversy involving "First Take" panelist Rob Parker and his comments regarding Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. Let's leave well enough alone on that subject, because plenty has already rightfully been said about that.

One thing, though, that is worth expounding on is this: As much as people complain about certain shows or the oversaturation on ESPN of subjects such as Tim Tebow, Jeremy Lin or the Miami Heat, if you dislike it that much, then don't watch it. Just ignore it.

Personally, I'm not a fan of "First Take" - the opinion basis of the show is far too purposely inflammatory for my taste. So I don't watch it. There are people who clearly enjoy that show - that's their choice.

There are ESPN personalities whose broadcasting style generally annoys me. That doesn't mean they're bad people or they deserve ill will - it just means change the channel when they come on the air.

Shows such as "First Take" succeed and the use of Tebow as a subject in every way imaginable, for example, succeeds because it drives ratings. People react. If people didn't react, then ESPN would find something else to grab your attention.

Nothing solves overwhelming hype of a subject quite like indifference.

This one is really simple: Don't like it? Don't watch it.

- Chris Lillstrung | @CLillstrungNH


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