Tim Tebow has been constantly plastered all over ESPN shows relentlessly since he was drafted. Whether it be the quarterback controversy in Denver, his big upset win in the playoffs against the Steelers, the trade the sent him to the Jets in the off-season or Skip Bayless wishing, and dreaming, he had actually fathered Tebow. Every day you would hear something about Tebow. I, for one, got sick of it and finally turned the channel. But ESPN anointed him as one of the top quarterbacks in the league and thought he was the story that everyone wanted to hear about. Not anymore:
It took John Skipper, the President of ESPN, a shade over two years to realize that Tim Tebow was talked about far too much on the ESPN Network. Skipper, in an interview with Sports Business Journal, had this to say:
“I said, ‘Guys, we didn’t handle this very well.’ Going to training camp wasn’t a problem. We just stayed on it relentlessly and too long.”
“We’ve had some good discussions internally about trying to be careful. In some ways, the more difficult internal conflict is between long-term story telling and ratings,” the ESPN President said. “We all know that if you focus on the Tebow story, for the next 10 minutes you’re going to do better. But the question is trying to take a long-term perspective and saying, ‘Guys, let’s not get over excited about one story and hyping it.”
Are we finally able to watch ESPN without some anchor stating “I think it’s time for Tebow”? I doubt it. Skip Bayless will probably throw in at least one Tebow reference tomorrow. But we may finally see less of it, so we have that going for us I guess.
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