"ESPN2 will have a new afternoon lineup from 3-6 p.m. ET beginning Monday, September 12. The revamped lineup will include two new studio shows, Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable and Numbers Don’t Lie, along with the highly popular NASCAR Now, Jim Rome is Burning, and SportsNation."
Le Batard's half hour show will air from 4-4:30 ET and be preceded by another new show, Numbers Don't Lie at 3:30 ET. The concept of the Numbers Don't Lie show seems like it could have potential. The input of a fantasy and numbers driven show is also something that ESPN's afternoon lineup doesn't offer currently. Anything with picks, predictions, and breaking down and comparing players through lists or rankings will appeal to a certain audience and could succeed depending on what personalities host the show. Other times haven't been announced, but Rome is Burning could stay at 4:30 ET with Nascar Now airing at 3 ET and SportsNation going up against Around the Horn and PTI as a hypothetical lineup.
Sorry for fans of the hour cameo of the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN2, but it looks like the TV version is going on the chopping block. Oh well, I have a feeling it won't be missed. What will be really interesting to see is how Bristol fills the gap at 4:30 ET on ESPN as a lead-in to the juggernauts that are Around the Horn and PTI. Will they go with another half hour block similar to NFL Live or College Football Live, move Outside the Lines, or come up with a new concept? It remains to be seen.
I give Bristol credit for at least being willing to explore more concepts and more original programming instead of rebroadcasting radio hours or other standard debate shows. It gives sports fans and people interested in ESPN something else to talk about while waiting for this to happen when the ESPN book is finally released. The focus on creating a more meaningful afternoon lineup for ESPN2 is a wise move by the leader... I suppose the network has come a long way since Keith Olbermann signed on by saying, "Good evening and welcome to the end of our careers."
What would you like to see ESPN do with its afternoon programming?
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Who sucks more... ESPN or the FBI? Seriously, just leave people alone and let them play Poker.
The FBI comments in the ESPN.com story on the topic include "stacking the deck" and "betting the house." Good thing they didn't go "all in" or they'd really be in trouble.
In the era of "unreasonableness", at a time when journalistic prudance is at an all time low, why is the aurthor of this article suggesting that ESPN be the leader in corporate ethics? I'd do your article one better and raise the issue to most of the USA media outlets, print, tv, and radio. Most articles of information coming from today's USA media is a carefully concealed message, not of truth, but bits of truth to persuade, incite, and misinform listeners and readers. None of which is gives a "disclaimer" about how they either profit from or gain power by the enclosed information. One could sumise that the aurthor of this article stands to gain something (money, power, or just an out right hater) from throwing ESPN under the bus.