You may want to have that mute button handy.

I’m not sure what this means, but somehow I doubt that it’s good:

At the ESPN upfront presentation, Ed Erhardt, president of customer marketing and sales, emphasized the network’s effort to diversify its fan base in order to deliver sought-after demographics to advertisers.

Expanded programming focuses on the Hispanic and youth markets — and ESPN.com will introduce content for fans of extreme sports and a light-hearted take on the foibles and highlights of the day’s games.

On the plus side, there is this:

ESPN also plans to “make the opening of college football season a holiday” by televising 32 college games, Erhardt said.

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8 responses to “You may want to have that mute button handy.

  1. 32 games. I assume that means from Thursday to Monday?

    If they aren’t counting ABC, that would mean…

    Thursday – ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Classic
    - Figure ESPN and ESPN2 both getting 2 games. The others getting 1. That’s 6 games opening night.

    Friday – Probably knock out another 4 games.

    Saturday – 4 games on ESPN, 4 games on ESPN2, 4 games on ESPNU and 2 games on ESPN Classic. That’s another 14 games. That brings it to 24 games before Sunday.

    Sunday – 2 each on ESPN/ESPN2. That’s 28 total games.

    Monday – 1 prime time game plus 3 during the day across the family of networks.

    That really isn’t that much more than what they usually televise on opening weekend. Is it?

  2. It’s all about the promotion, pwd. ;)

  3. It can’t be good at all. It reminds me of what NBC did to the Olympics. The complete feminization of the sport led to soap opera stories instead of real competition. I can’t watch it anymore.

    I can’t watch ESPN…except when there is a ballgame on. ESPN today is like MTV a decade ago—fewer music videos and more filler programs that have nothing to do with music.

  4. I can’t watch ESPN…except when there is a ballgame on. ESPN today is like MTV a decade ago—fewer music videos and more filler programs that have nothing to do with music.

    Funny, that’s exactly what I was thinking when I read this story in the first place.

    We shouldn’t forget what the “E” in ESPN stands for.

  5. dean

    E-very
    S-port
    P-ossible
    N-etwork

  6. JasonC

    I thought they were putting all those sports on “ESPN: the Ocho”.

  7. Hobnail_Boot

    E-questrian
    S-occer
    P-oker
    N-ascar

  8. NM

    Ugh, poker.