ESPN has pulled the plug on the weekly show Barstool Van Talk after just one episode. (The next episode would have been scheduled to air Wednesday morning at 1 a.m. ET.). After a rough start to the marriage of two sports news giants, ESPN PR had this to say on Twitter earlier today:
Statement from ESPN President John Skipper about Barstool Van Talk: pic.twitter.com/ysgSKDvmjx
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) October 23, 2017
The phrase that is the most interesting out of all of this was that Skipper “erred in assuming we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site..”. Did ESPN ever watch Barstool Sports? They are raw, ridiculous, hilarious, and most of all, down to earth, and relatable to the average sports fan. They get hundreds of thousands of views on just about every video, including over 88,000 on their first ESPN episode with hardly any promotion, and they “distance” themselves from all of the politically correct nonsense that seems to be the main focus of ESPN lately. Barstool had this reaction to the tough news:
A statement on today's news: pic.twitter.com/JyaxG4l5kO
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) October 23, 2017
I honestly think that this could be the beginning of the end for ESPN. In a time where more and more people are cutting the cable cord not only to save money, but to watch their “TV” on other devices and services that allow people to watch what they want when they want, ESPN is pulling a Blockbuster, where they are stuck in the past, and not seeing where TV is going, and that’s right in the trash. Social media and other streaming avenues is the future, and Barstool has hit it at the perfect time, and will only gain popularity after their highly rated show last Tuesday night.
We at ProSportsExtra want to just appreciate what Barstool Sports tried to do, and are excited to see what the future holds for them, as well as what may happen to ESPN after they made another bonehead move that goes against what the fans really want: sports, the truth, and to be entertained.