ESPN President John Skipper Says Network Mishandled Tebow Coverage
For the past two years the sports public and NFL enthusiast have been swamped with daily and countless hours of Tim Tebow coverage by ESPN.
Many pundits and critics questioned why so much attention was paid to a backup quarterback with average skills all day everyday.
Well ESPN may be prepared to admit its mistakes in their handling of Tebow coverage.
“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.”
Skipper said that the tipping point came when he heard former ESPN college basketball analyst and radio host Doug Gottlieb told Dan Patrick, “You can’t talk enough Tebow.’”
Skipper’s reaction: “I didn’t love that.”
“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. 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.’”
So any questions regarding why the Tebow buzz has slowed, there’s your answer.