If you haven’t already heard, the famous Barstool Sports reached an agreement to have a show on ESPN called “Barstool Van Talk”, which will premiere Tuesday nights at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on ESPN2. Also, ESPN will post content from the show on their apps and social media. Seems like a win-win for both sides right? ESPN gets to save viewers who have been turning away due to the leftist views the network seems to be giving out, as well as add some fun and flavor back into what seems to be a constantly growing politically correct and stuffy organization. In return, Barstool Sports gets the exposure they deserve after entertaining viewers by the hundreds of thousands through their videos.
However, even though it seems like a win-win situation, ESPN had to go and shoot themselves in the foot yet again with conflict coming up before the first show even airs. Sunday NFL Countdown host Samantha Ponder gave Barstool Sports a cold welcome on Twitter on Monday, posting this 2014 tweet that the website threw her way about the Ray Rice incident:
— Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 16, 2017
According to the New York Post, Ponder questioned at the time why certain websites that “constantly disrespect women & objectify their bodies” criticized the former Ravens running back for a domestic violence incident against his to-be wife that cost him his NFL career.
Whether or not you like Barstool Sports, this certainly doesn’t bode well for ESPN, as their viewers have dropped significantly due to not only the political issues that are brought up in what seems like every show, but also the rise in social media as well as the how relatable shows like the ones done by Barstool Sports are for the average sports fan. Hopefully it turns out for the best for both sides, but for now, the new relationship is off to a pretty rough start.