ESPN announced that Baseball Tonight will not return for the 2019 season. The announcement signifies decreased coverage for Major League Baseball. As shown in the tweets below, the announcement was terribly received. It furthers the depiction that ESPN only cares about basketball, football, and LeBron James. Fans of Hockey, MMA, Boxing, Soccer, and various niche sports all knew better than to watch ESPN for coverage. Now baseball fans will be forced to follow suit.
It’s not the worst time for baseball fans. Between MLB Network, FS1, and the numerous regional sports networks, baseball coverage is alive and well. So ESPN’s decision seems like a poor financial decision. What are they going to put in that same spot that will draw the attention of as many viewers? Another NFL or NBA show with big personalities? Sounds costly.
ESPN is the bane of Disney stockholders because of its enormous costs. ESPN has cut staff, ironically cutting the people who have their dream job in order to pay former players sizable salaries for their analysis.
Many people like multiple sports, as proven by ESPN’s rise to prominence and increasing competition. But ESPN consolidating to two sports and one polarizing man is hardly a long term strategy for retaining or growing their audience.
— Reviewing the Brew (@ReviewngTheBrew) January 29, 2019
Even more reason for me not to watch @ESPN. Zero hockey coverage and now they won't air Baseball Tonight. Guess if it doesn't have to do with Lebron, they're not interested.
— Chuck – Go Avs Go (@Brewfan0419) January 29, 2019
— Tom's Old Days (@sigg20) January 30, 2019
ESPN cutting Baseball Tonight is an absolute joke. With few exceptions, decisions like this over the past few years have proven the Worldwide Leader to be a ship lost at sea when it comes to programming decisions.
— Jacob Kornhauser (@KornSports) January 29, 2019
ESPN cancelling baseball tonight confirms what we already knew- they stopped caring about baseball a long time ago
It’s sad. I watched so much of it growing up. RIP
— Juicestuh (@jcongiusta) January 30, 2019
With ESPN canceling #BaseballTonight, here's a list of sports the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports coverage still care about:
— Raymond Fava (@RaymondFava) January 31, 2019
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