Disney ends ESPN: The Weekend
First Walt Disney World scraps Grad Nights
, now ESPN The Weekend.
Here's the release:
"Moving forward, our focus will be on creating events like the new ESPN RISE Girls Showcase and the ESPN RISE Games, which provide a stage for tens of thousands of athletes from around the country, and providing opportunities for guests to be part of events they’ve only before watched on television, such as the Home Depot College Football Awards and the Old Spice Classic.
We have just scratched the surface of what Walt Disney World and ESPN can do together and look forward to sharing information about new projects as they progress."
Have you ever attended ESPN The Weekend? What would you like to see Disney do with ESPN at the Walt Disney World Resort?
I did go once. It was ok, but with Disney at the helm, it could have been alot better.
The trouble with ESPN The Weekend is that ESPN itself is no longer a beloved brand. People love the sports on ESPN, but the channel long ago ceased being a collection of lovable personalities (if it ever was). ESPN's more mocked and criticized than it is beloved.
Personally, I stopped respecting ESPN when they started showing the most unathletic thing on TV, Poker. Yes, I get that ESPN's initials don't mean it's only a sports channel, but Sports are what everyone thinks of when you hear ESPN.
I was at ESPN the weekend twice most recently this year and in 2007 when I went it was much better. They put more thought into it and there was a lot more to see especially official NASCAR stock cars which a guy from Long Island does not get to see. In 2011 they did not put as much into it and ESPN barely promoted it. If they actually do anythign with it in the future they should definatly focus athletes maybe having meet and greets with a lot of them since during espn the weekend you only got to see them get interviewed and then whisked away before you can get near them.
Robert brings up a good point. I still watch ESPN out of habit but the channel is now more about the personalities than the sports they cover. Each of the four major sports have their own channels and cover their sports better than ESPN. This is especially true with baseball--the MLB Network is widely distributed and offers twenty four hours of excellent programming covering ALL teams (ESPN contains a bunch of Red Sox homers).
Ever since ESPN became the spokesman for LeBron James have I stopped watching them. They are a disgrace to TV and sports.
I have been to it about 4 years starting in 2004 when it was designed as a 25th year of ESPN event. The first year was new and fun but the later years less so. As everything else, it turned into a fanboy event over time. I'm not sorry to see it go. Also, there has always been a big lack of baseball stars even though it occurred just before spring training started.
The california screamin one sounds slightly newsworthy for a local newsource but ET is more or less a glorified kiddy ride so idek why it made the news
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