Get woke, go broke, BLMBA-style. – The TV ratings for the Marxist terrorist-loving, Chinese Communist Party-hugging National Basketball Association continued their historic cratering on Friday night. Game 5 of the league’s finals series between [checks notes] the Los Angeles Lakers and the [checks notes again] Miami Heat drew less than 1/3rd the TV audience that the same game in last year’s finals series enjoyed.
From a report at the Daily Caller:
Game five of the NBA Finals got some atrocious TV ratings Friday night when the Heat beat the Lakers.
To tell you how bad the numbers were last night, game five in 2019 had 18.22 million viewers, according to SportsMediaWatch.com.
Ouch. This unmitigated disaster obviously could not possibly happen to a more deserving bunch of people, given the league’s embrace of the Marxist terrorist group Black Lives Matter, including the display of BLM logos and messages on the courts and players’ uniforms during this season.
That decision has proved so disastrous that the League’s wraith-like commissioner – who looks for all the world like a villain from some Harry Potter movie – Adam Silver announced earlier this week that it will be discontinued starting next year. “I understand those people who are saying ‘I’m on your side, but I want to watch a basketball game,” Silver admitted during his too-little-too-late press conference.
Of course, Silver has been the ring-leader in the League’s decisions to cater to Marxist domestic terrorists and communist Chinese brutes in recent years, so much of the blame for the audience collapse falls at his feet. As always, leftists truly do destroy everything they touch.
Get woke, go broke, ESPN-style. – Don’t look now, but the wokest channel in sports broadcasting is about to have yet another major layoff. From report at InsideHook:
The Worldwide Leader could lay off hundreds of employees in the coming weeks, sources told Front Office Sports. On the high end, 700 employees could be gone. On the low end, 300.
While the majority of layoffs are expected to affect employees who work behind the camera, some on-air talents are also expected to be let go, especially if they are working with an expiring contract.
A desire to cut costs, potentially tens of millions of dollars in salary, ahead of upcoming rights negotiations with the NFL, NHL and NBA over the next few years could be a contributing factor as to why ESPN was willing to let Keith Olbermann out of his contract to launch a nightly YouTube show about politics.
ESPN currently employs around 4,000 people at its headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, and about 6,500 worldwide.
“They’re going after a bigger NFL portfolio. They’re going after the NHL. They need stuff for ESPN+. That all takes money,” a source told FOS. “They are looking at a lot of different things. They’re looking closely at their entire operation.”
So, think about the implications of this and myriad other stories about shrinking audiences for major sports and the channels that televise them. All of these sports leagues rely heavily on TV revenues to fund their massive new stadiums, exhorbitant player and coach’s salaries and other operations.
As their viewership shrinks – the NFL’s has declined by more than 30% since 2017, and Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League have also taken a huge hit this year thanks to their BLM embrace – the product they have to sell becomes much less valuable to ESPN and the major networks who have themselves profited so greatly from the popularity of pro sports in recent decades.
Over the next few years, the overarching contracts, which typically have a 5-year term, for all of these pro sports leagues are coming up for renegotiation. Lower audiences will translate to smaller contracts lower revenues for the teams to split up and lard over their overrated players. Who knows, maybe guys like Silver and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who played such large roles in creating this mess in the first place, will suffer as well.
We can only hope.
Let’s remember that Ed Buck is a very, very, very good friend of Adam Schiff and Ted Lieu. – A federal grand jury on Saturday returned four additional indictments against alleged multiple-murderer of male prostitutes Ed Buck:
Department of JusticeU.S. Attorney’s OfficeCentral District of California
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Grand Jury Charges Ed Buck with Four Additional Felonies, Including that He Enticed Victims to Travel Interstate to Engage in Prostitution
LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury today returned a superseding indictment charging Edward Buck with four additional felonies, including that he allegedly enticed victims – including a man who died at his West Hollywood apartment after he administered drugs to him – to travel interstate to engage in prostitution.
Buck, 65, was arrested in September 2019 after being charged in United States District Court with providing methamphetamine to a man who died after receiving the drug intravenously. Since that time, federal authorities have continued to investigate Buck for additional crimes.
The four additional counts charged today – bringing the total number of charges in this case to nine counts – include one count alleging that Buck knowingly enticed 26-year-old Gemmel Moore to travel to the Los Angeles area to engage in prostitution. Buck allegedly provided methamphetamine to Moore, who overdosed on the drug and died on July 27, 2017.
Buck also is charged with another count of enticing another man to travel with the intent of engaging in prostitution.
The superseding indictment also charges Buck with one count of knowingly and intentionally distributing methamphetamine, and one count of using his residence for the purpose of distributing narcotics such as methamphetamine, and the sedatives gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and clonazepam.
Last year, a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging that Buck “engaged in a pattern of soliciting men to consume drugs that Buck provided and perform sexual acts at Buck’s apartment,” which is a practice described as “party and play.” Buck allegedly solicited victims on social media platforms, including a gay dating website, and used a recruiter to scout and proposition men.
For those who may not be aware because our corrupt news media has put up a wall of silence on this case in order to protect their Democrat masters, Mr. Buck has long been a major fundraiser and party host for Democrat political candidates in California.
Here he is with Adam Schiff, Ted Lieu and other Democrat politicians:
That’s Buck on the far left.
Here is a montage of Buck pictured with other Democrat luminaries who he has be-friended over the years:
That is all.
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