No BS ... I sent this today. I expect no retort. ----------------- Dear Sirs, Madams, or other genders, even though there's only two and everyone knows it: Since politics has replaced sports at your network, I just wanted to wish you all well with this endeavor. Once, you covered sports in a way that made me tune in with hopeful expectation. I used to care what came out of Bristol, CT. That day has ended, and tomorrow is no more. It appears that now, your masters of programming have opted to make sports a delivery device for your agenda, which is clearly at work in your recent staff and program changes. Yes, I read the TIME magazine piece that counters my assertion, just so you are aware. That was an Orwellian masterpiece. And unlike most of your employees, I have read Nineteen Eighty-Four, and I have taught it in school for several years. I see what you did there last spring, and what you are doing now with your programming, and I am impressed. Not since Winston Smith first wondered about that ‘memory hole’ at his desk in Oceania has so much truth been erased in the name of journalism. To reassert on that TIME mag article: Sean Gregory’s logic is akin to the “I know you are but what am I” method of rhetorical debate. Notice that his proof of the layoffs and the programming changes is never explained, only asserted. That is an example of begging the question. ESPN layoffs are not about politics because they are NOT about politics. In that, I applaud his apologetics. It is terrible logic, but it seems that your remaining viewers bought it. In ESPN’s case, I admire you convincing Disney to convince that august weekly magazine - which has switched ownership so many times, I cannot source who was paid to look the other way this time - to back ESPN’s play in full. Yours is a masterwork of disinformation. Slow clap begins … I had been weary of ESPN for years already, as you took Monday Night Football, tied it to a chair, beat a confession out of it with a rubber hose, waterboarded it, and then gelded it over a decade ago. Nevertheless, I gave your ‘network’ a final try over the last few weeks, hoping to see actual sports coverage. I thought - there are 30 teams in MLB, and I live in SoCal, so I imagine there will be something on there about that. So, I watched a few SportsCenter episodes and checked the webpage daily. Yet, I was sorely disappointed. All I got were NFL updates for games I will not watch in September, NBA alerts for a league I have not watched since Clinton was first elected, and images of a Yankee uniform doing something to someone somewhere. I think I saw coverage of baseball’s best team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, buried somewhere beneath a story about a barber in south Florida who services a team helmed by a former Yankee, and Wimbledon, a sport for upper crust white folks played on a narrow lawn. At least your network still covers baseball, so long as it involves Aaron Judge and his Merry Men. So, thanks for the memories. I will be that guy who you no longer need to count. I have a job, children, no criminal record, never beat my wife or kids, and I have followed one team each in two distinct sports since I was five years-old. Fortunately for your demographics, I promise to be dead within 30 years, as I am 52 and fat. Once I am gone, pray someone in your ever dwindling slice of a diminishing market will be born to replace me.