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For several hours, five days a week they broadcast a show consisting of Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith talking past each other. That's possibly the least serious thing conceived by man.
First Take drives the bus. Studio shows have devolved into debate formats because of the success of Bayless and Smith. #EmbraceDebate
That's possibly the least serious thing conceived by man.
In none of those places was the NBA noticeably more popular than hockey
Granted it's been a while since I watched ESPN (with MLB Channel, why bother?) but it seemed to me that as far as they were concerned if it wasn't the Yankees-Red Sox, it may as well not exist. Their myopia is their downfall as far as I'm concerned.
I've lived in the PNW, Los Angeles, SFO, New York, Washington DC, and Minneapolis. In all of these places other than MPLS, the NBA is markedly more popular than hockey. If you lived in New York and thought hockey was as popular as the Knicks, you weren't paying any damned attention.
PTI was around for years and didn't have the same impact. ESPN didn't "Embrace Debate" until First Take starting non-stop arguing about Tebow and LeBron, the ratings increased and the producer behind that was promoted to a VP position.
Sez you. The NY-Philly area supports 4 NHL teams, and I knew a bunch of Penguins fans in middle school. Winter sports talk was way more hockey than hoops. In those early days of fantasy sports, when everyone had to do it themselves, the kids I knew made their own fantasy hockey leagues before they made fantasy basketball ones. WFAN radio was at least as much hockey talk as basketball talk. I'm talking 1980s, so maybe it's different now, but the NHL was at least as big a deal as the NBA in north-central Jersey.
Dragons ####### cars.
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