Thursday, October 19, 2017

ESPN is wrong again, this time on the wrong side of history

ESPN gripping for advertiser dollars doesn’t realize that censuring an employee for speaking the truth only further alienates the majority of its viewers. By Andrew J. Pridgen ESPN, the sports delivery network that has bet everything on white middle managers who are doing their best to destroy the world for their children one stolen PowerPoint presentation at a time, rocking Haggar...

Marshawn Lynch as the Raiders’ Red Herring

The Raiders dumped Oakland last season but then they signed Marshawn Lynch for a pair to give fans temporary amnesia. The question is, is there enough magic left in the candy man’s legs to make them forget about how the Davis family did them so dirty? By Andrew J. Pridgen The Oakland/soon-to-be-Las-Vegas Raiders, true to their name, are thieves and...

My hometown is having a difficult time letting prep football go. It shouldn’t.

Novato High School is in the process of dropping its football program. Some alums are confused and concerned... but they’re trading on nostalgia, not facts. By Andrew J. Pridgen To try to understand Novato, California is to try to understand any small town experiencing growing pains as it attempts to transition into this century. The mostly white (76 percent), mostly...

PAC 12 football coaches take a stand against the NCAA’s early signing period …for all the wrong reasons

You know, it has everything to do with what benefits the program and nothing to do with what's good for the student. By Andrew J. Pridgen Leave it to college football coaches to take a stand and do the right thing ...but only in the name of self-aggrandizement. Thursday, Pac-12 coaches and program surrogates got together in Hollywood for a preseason...

USGA makes a deal with the devil and loses not only its soul but its audience in the process

America, take note. The recent failure of the The U.S. Women's Open at Trump national is a blueprint on how everyday people can defeat the grifter-in-chief.  By Andrew J. Pridgen Donald Trump was the worst-behaved human in American history, ever, on a campaign trail. He won by appealing to a population in transition’s worst fears buffeted by racist, sexist, misogynist...

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are getting paid handsomely to be living, breathing manifestations of the worst of what we’ve become

Do not pay attention to their words. Do not watch their fight. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are racists, there are homophobes, there are small-minded people, there are celebrities we worship just because they have more than us. There are talented people who are awful and there are awful people with no talent—and all these types of folk can have...

Private equity and hedge fund trolls steer Formula 1 right into the wall

What’s happening to Formula 1 is a brazen example of greed crippling a once-great enterprise and the result of an investor model built to game the system for immediate gains with no substantive look at improving, or even sustaining, the product. By Andrew J. Pridgen Keep your eye on what happens to Formula 1 over the next 18 months...

Why the Miami Marlins can’t find a buyer at a bargain price

...And how the lack of those lining up may be harbinger for MLB, professional sport By Andrew J. Pridgen On Tuesday, all of baseball’s most beloved will descend on the shores of South Beach for a three-day bacchanal and the 88th rendition of the All Star Game at Marlins Park. For those who follow science, it will be the last All...

The challenge of raising a child in the age of Trump

...Also known as trying not to be crippled by the futility of simply not knowing what's coming next. By Andrew J. Pridgen This morning my little boy inched to the edge of the three-meter diving board and stared down at his swim teacher treading water below. He looked at me, then glanced back down at the water. He paused, backed up...

The disappearance of the wage-earning sports fan is the real reason ESPN is dying

Watching ESPN’s downfall has been a source of macabre fascination for folks like me, the people who helped bring the fledgling cable sports provider into some kind of must-see prominence in the ‘90s. Now we cheer its present-day downfall. By Andrew J. Pridgen I remember when I made the switch to ESPN from the nightly local sports broadcast, the guy in...