Steele out, Beadle in.
Michelle Beadle has replaced Sage Steele on all of ESPN’s NBA Countdown shows. It was a move so blatantly transparent yet so typical of the Disney asset.
Liberalism has taken over ESPN like crack took control of America in the 80s. It is starting to destroy the company from the inside out. On-air talent is leaving (or being forced to leave) in droves, viewership is down, subscriber numbers are dwindling. Some want to point towards the trend of cord-cutting for ESPN's woes, while Disney blames the increased costs of production. While both may be true, a couple of fingers should be pointed towards the company’s political agenda. Openly endorsing the Black Lives Matter movement on national television, awarding Caitlyn Jenner for heroism, and allowing numerous on-air personalities to constantly voice their political leanings including Around The Horn analyst Kevin Blackistone saying that the National Anthem is a “war anthem”.
Sage Steele, a decade-long ESPN employee, has opposed the entire liberal-leaning agenda at the network. From her criticism of Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans for kneeling during the National Anthem, to her disdain for Trump protesters that caused her to wait seven hours at LAX, she has stood on an island despite the treacherous waves crashing on her. In a desperate attempt to keep their critics at bay, ESPN removed Steele from its NBA coverage, whose target audience is primarily liberal Blacks. As ESPN rolls out a new window-dressing referendum regarding political views and sports, one might think that this was the company’s way of telling its employees to “get on board, or else”.
Sage Steele was excellent on NBA Countdown. She could talk circles around many of her contemporaries (male or female) regarding sports, politics, society or whatever else came up. Sage is still under contract with the company, but losing such a high-profile spot cannot be easy to stomach. Nothing against her replacement Michelle Beadle, but there are dozens of Michelle Beadles in the sports world. Sage Steele is cut from a different fabric. It’s a damn shame ESPN had to make an example out of her.
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