Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

ESPN cancels controversial new show after just one episode

AP  File AP File
Elias Hubbard | 25 October, 2017, 00:59

This all begs the question: Why?

ESPN president John Skipper announced on Monday that he personally has made a decision to end the show.

"In an attempt to put distance between ESPN and Barstool, (ESPN executive vice president Burke) Magnus added, 'As stated previously, we do not control the content of Barstool Sports. And like anything we do with Barstool, the vocal minority stamps their feet and goes loud, loud, loud".

ESPN president John Skipper on Monday announced that he had yanked the show from the ESPN2 roster.

Most notably, Samantha Ponder, the host of Sunday Morning Countdown, took to Twitter last week with her frustrations about the Barstool/ESPN relationship. Barstool ended up digging up some unflattering tweets from Ponder's own history. "Welcome to the ESPN family @BarstoolBigCat (& welcome to all ur minions who will respond to this so kindly)", wrote Ponder, along with a screenshot from a 2014 Barstool blog telling the presenter to "fuck yourself" after she wrote about the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal. "We just talk, shoot the s-t, try to be amusing, don't let PC America get the best of us, and we'll continue to do that", Portnoy said at the podium in front of a backdrop littered with the Barstool logo.

"You want to see why everyone says Barstool is gonna be the next ESPN?"

Sterger also said ESPNW columnist Sarah Spain attacked her during the Favre investigation, though Spain apologized and said she could not recall doing that. In order to illustrate her point, Sterger recalled an incident in which she was sexually harassed by an ESPN employee when she interviewed for multiple positions.

"We have no record of this ever being brought to our attention", the network said in a statement.

On Monday, Barstool Sports president David Portnoy had a press conference to address the situation with ESPN, and partly blamed a small uprising started by Sam Ponder, who waited 24 hours before their premiere to call out Barstool for a sexist article they wrote about her years ago.

When Sterger was informed her vehicle for the trip home had been canceled, she was invited to hitch a ride with the employee, who then discussed the "numerous girls" he was hooking up with, implying that "he was helping their careers".

Barstool Sports is a satirical sports and men's lifestyle site.

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