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Steve-o wrote:I think the problem with him, and many other sports announcers, is that they no longer cater to me. Thier target audience is the casual sports fan, not the hardcore baseball or football enthusist. What I mean by that is the more involved I become with sports the more I realize how bad a job they do.
Growing up (I'm 27) I used to love to watch Berman do baseball and Madden do football. (I actually developed this theory when I began wondering why I ever liked listening to Madden.) Thought they were the best becuase they were funny and looked they they knew a lot about the game. Well, the more I learned about baseball and the more I learned about football the more I realized that these guys were morons. I started to get pissed off with their stupid stories that distracted from the game and what was going on rather than thinking the stories were funny. It is more important to create a larger market share than to appease the hardcore fans. Lets face it, we're going to love baseball and watch the Sunday night game whether Berman does it or Joe Morgan, or whoever.
My guess is that the people here love baseball and are pretty hardcore fans so they are sick of the entertainment value of the comments and woudl prefer to just to watch the game. I would bet that everyone here would rather see the highlights on a station catering to the more fantaic type of follower, like the NFL network or ESPNews.
(I could be wrong - I haven't had cable in 4 years, so am basing this more on the live telecasts I catch on TV, then actual sportscenter anchors.)
chadlincoln wrote:Bobby Baseball wrote:Who actually likes this guy? I don't want to make this a racial thing but it's obvious that ESPN hired him to appeal the urban audience. The problem is that his references and catch phrases are so corny, oudated and "whack" that he appeals to nobody. He's no different than "Thirst", the miniature Sprite guy in the commercials with LeBron.
White executives come up with these insultingly obvious marketing strategies to attract inner city customers and what we end up with bland, watered down crap like Stuart Scott's act. I'm not even going to get into the whole glass eye thing.....
Ya, I noticed the eye thing a while ago. Now every time I see him I notice it.
loophole21 wrote:Not to mention it is unbearable to look at him with that fake eye.
USA Today wrote:Stuart Scott's wife, Kimberly, winces when their 7-year-old daughter, Taelor, says, "Daddy, I'm glad you're home, but you still have to play football."
Scott, the popular ESPN SportsCenter host, has been home in Farmington, Conn., for nearly two months because of an injury to his left eye when he was struck by a football April 3. Scott, 36, was working out with the New York Jets in preparation for his ESPN piece on going through a minicamp.
The blow damaged the cornea, and Scott has been treated by several specialists as he strives to regain sufficient sight in his left eye to return to work. He'll soon be seen at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore by Walter Stark, father of ABC Monday Night Football reporter Melissa Stark.
The process has been complicated because of previous problems with both eyes, including a right detached retina. Jerome Kramer is working on a contact lens for Scott's right eye before the injured left eye is able to handle a contact lens in another two to three months.
"Dr. Kramer's a genius," Scott says. "I just got a contact lens from him, and it's very close to being the right one. My left eye was my sight before. Now my brain has to tell me that my right eye will be the dominant eye. I believe I'll be able to return (as a reporter for) the NBA Finals, and (in) another two, three weeks I should be able to read a teleprompter on SportsCenter."
Steve-o wrote:I think the problem with him, and many other sports announcers, is that they no longer cater to me. Thier target audience is the casual sports fan, not the hardcore baseball or football enthusist.
thehat wrote:Steve-o wrote:I think the problem with him, and many other sports announcers, is that they no longer cater to me. Thier target audience is the casual sports fan, not the hardcore baseball or football enthusist.
Congrats, Steve, you're one of the few that actually gets it.
ESPN does not give a hoot about the hard core fans, which is why SC continues to evolve into more entertainment schtick and less actual information. It's 60-90 (depending on the day) minutes of benchmark sponsored segments (Bud Hot Seat, Gatorade Ultimate Highlight, etc.) and it's geared toward an under 35 and not particularly affluent nor well educated demographic. That, my friends, is a fact and not an opinion, by the way.
In other words, most of us aren't supposed to like SC. While this is opinion rather than fact, it's my view that the prototypical Cafe-ite is well educated and probably making an above average income....and is clearly more of a hard core and knowledgeable fan than what ESPN is trying to attract to SC.
As far as SC goes, it's impossible to fault ESPN. The show is a cash cow and a ratings success. Simply stated, there are more of them (their target audience) than there are of us. And I'd rather be one of us than one of them at any rate.
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