Forget Wrestling, ESPN Now Covers The Bachelorette
ESPN gets an insane amount of shit for what they cover. Recently, they've ventured into covering eSports and WWE in a serious manner. They realized the strong followings that both of these genre's have and felt that it was necessary to pour resources into properly covering them. Sure they had to deal with the outcries of those that scream "that's not a sport!" but that obviously doesn't matter anymore. The debate about poker being a sport is over a decade old. ESPN also has been by celebrities to promote whatever constantly. We are long past looking at ESPN as a place that only covers sports.
Yet, we were still taken aback on Wednesday when we saw Jonathan Coachman doing what is evidently a weekly segment on "The Bachelorette" with Mina Kimes from ESPN The Magazine. Coachman is a jack of all trades. He's a former WWE commentator that now anchors ESPN wrestling coverage. He hosts SportsCenter daily, fills in for Mike & Mike regularly, and can handle any assignment that ESPN throws his way. We just never assumed that the assignment was gong to be "The Bachelorette", but maybe we should have seen this coming.
The favorite to win this season of "The Bachelorette" is former NFL backup quarterback Jordan Rodgers. Of course, Jordan is the brother of Aaron, which gives ESPN even more reason to cover it. When you combine that with the fact that Fantasy Bachelorette exists and is thriving and remember that "The Bachelorette" airs on ABC, it's overly obvious why ESPN takes five minutes out of their week to cover the show.
Coach and and Kimes do a reasonable job covering the weekly events in a mostly serious manner. They are actually trying to discuss this for real, discussing if James tattling on Jordan to JoJo was a wise move. Yep. We really like JoJo a good amount but breaking down her search for true love on SportsCenter still seems baffling to us.
Although if we are being honest, our only regret about finding this coverage is wishing we discovered it when Chad was still on the show.
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