ESPN Flagship on Fire: 100 Employees Thrown Overboard. Middle America Knows Why
“Clay Travis of the popular sports blog Outkick the Coverage relates:
Middle America wants to pop a beer and listen to sports talk, they don’t want to be lectured about why Caitlyn Jenner is a hero, Michael Sam is the new Jackie Robinson of sports, and Colin Kaepernick is the Rosa Parks of football. ESPN made the mistake of trying to make liberal social media losers happy and as a result lost millions of viewers……
ESPN subscribers are down below 2007 levels at fewer than 92 million. Its first quarter 2017 revenue is down 11 percent year-on-year. It has unfavorable contracts with nearly every sports league. It shells out $1.9 billion a year for NFL rights, more than double any other network, despite unfavorable scheduling like only one playoff game and no Super Bowl.
SportsBusiness Daily points out a slew of increasing rights payments that “forced ESPN’s cuts.” Its Major League Soccer rights payments are illustrative; they increased a whopping 838 percent to $75 million in the 2015 contract. College Football Playoff payments increased 391 percent to $608.3 million in 2014. The NBA contract? It’s been a bust, rising to $1.4 billion a year in 2016.”
Theresa May most popular leader since the late 1970s as Jeremy Corbyn hits all time low
“Theresa May is more popular with voters than any leader since the late 1970s, a new poll shows as another reveals Jeremy Corbyn is more unpopular than ever.
Almost two in every three voters (61 per cent) believe Mrs May would make the most capable Prime Minister compared with about one in four (23 per cent) who said Mr Corbyn.
Mrs May’s score of 61 per cent is the highest recorded by the polling company Ipsos Mori since it started asking the question in 1979.”
Portland has experienced the most wet days ever this rainy season | OregonLive.com
It’s been cold and wet. Not one 70 degree day this year, also a record. The only good news is that Oregon’s cold/wet winter is part of the weather pattern that ended the California drought.
“Wednesday will add another day to that auspicious total (making it 146) and Thursday will pile on one more. The the old record of 142 was set in between October 1, 1998 and April 30, 1999 (records for Portland go back to 1940).
…The active and wet jet of moisture coming from the Pacific is aiming itself right over the Portland metro area through tonight. In addition to active showers for the valleys, this system is bringing even more snow to the Cascades. A winter weather advisory is in effect through 7 p.m. Wednesday evening for 2 to 6 inches of snow for the passes “
Oregon timber execs hope new Canadian duty leads to better times | OregonLive.com
“Oregon timber executives said Tuesday they will consider adding jobs, instituting new shifts, and investing more in existing Northwest mills as a result of a new 20 percent duty on Canadian softwood lumber announced by the White House.
….For operators in the Northwest, the duties could bring some relief from Canadian lumber suppliers they claim are heavily subsidized by their government. Thanks to that government support, Canadian lumber suppliers have won more than 30 percent of the U.S. market.
“This is all about jobs,” said Steve Swanson of the Swanson Group, owner of a plywood mill in Springfield and sawmills in Roseburg and Glendale. “We should be able to add a few employees — 25 to 30 workers — in each of our sawmills.””
President Trump’s First 100 Days | Scott Adams’ Blog
“I saw an article in Politico that is too dumb to link to, saying it is objectively true that Trump has had a bad first 100 days. This is a perfect example of what I call the “two movies on one screen effect.” I’m almost certain that many Trump supporters would say these facts are objectively true too:
- Economic confidence is up.
- Trump signed a bunch of executive orders. You might not like them, but that’s more about you, not about his job performance.
- China is putting the screws on North Korea (finally)
- Trump erased the “puppet of Putin” charge by prudent application of Tomahawk missiles. That’s an accomplishment, even if you don’t like it.
- Trump erased the “Trump is Hitler” hallucination that the Clinton side spray-painted onto him during the election. (That’s a big deal.)
- Trump got a qualified Supreme Court judge, albeit the hard way.
- Healthcare is moving along briskly from the first plan that was terrible to something that is approaching feasible. That’s progress, not failure…..
- You can criticize Trump’s actions against women’s reproductive rights, both on the topic of Planned Parenthood funding and his Supreme Court pick. But calling those things failures or successes depends on your political views, not on Trump’s job performance.”