ESPN ended 2021 with eight million cable and satellite subscribers clicking “Unsubscribe” after all the woke crap they’ve their commentators have been pushing.
Last year, ESPN finished 2021 with around 75 million total subscribers; a far cry from over 100 million subs over a decade ago.
“That eight million subscriber loss, an average of nearly 22,000 people a day, represented 10% of ESPN’s overall subscriber base and accelerated a calamitous decline,” said Clay Travis of OutKick.
“The loss of those eight million subscribers will cost the network roughly a billion a year in recurring revenue across all ESPN network properties,” he added.
What made ESPN suddenly repulsive to its loyal subscribers? The answer: “woke” commentators and courtside reporters.
“The Woke Club,” as they call it, has been slowly adding members within ESPN throughout the years.
Mike Wilbon has been the latest addition to the group. He has been using their platform to focus on other issues instead of purely discussing sports.
Wilbon has been pushing for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for Americans through loud discussions and commentaries.
He even talked trash to Kyrie Irving who refused to get vaccinated because of his beliefs and called him “selfish” for doing so.
Lead ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith, on the other hand, talked about issues of race during a discussion about Tim Tebow’s return to the NFL. In an episode of First Take with Max Kellerman, Smith cried foul over his former co-worker’s return to the league calling it “white privilege.”
Mark Jones also disrespected Rush Limbaugh even after he succumbed to lung cancer, telling him to “rot in hell” through a series of tweets. He also poked fun at UFC fighter Colby Covington after he broke his jaw because he’s a conservative.
Despite all this, Mark Jones was kept on ESPN.
Rachel Nichols exposed “woke” ESPN’s hypocrisy with her statements regarding her co-worker Maria Taylor.
In a 20-minute video obtained by The New York Times, Nichols forgot to turn off her camera and talked about how her bosses were advancing Taylor’s career at her expense to Adam Mendelsohn.
“I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball,” Nichols said in July 2020. “If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record on diversity — which, by the way, I know personally from the female side of it — like, go for it. Just find it somewhere else. You are not going to find it from me or take my thing away.”
Nichols has since been fired by ESPN.
Seems like it’s proven at this point.
Go woke, go broke.