ESPN Announces Launch Date, Schedule For Controversial Longhorn Network
June 15 / Ben Axelrod / SportsGrid
You wouldn't know it by watching it for the past month, but ESPN actually does cover college sports programs other than Ohio State. In fact, they've dedicated an entire channel to another school's athletic department.
The public has known about the Longhorn Network for some time now, and as the case with most things related to ESPN, it's been the subject of much questioning. Is there really much journalistic credibility in running an entire channel for a major sports program that you're supposed to be covering objectively?
ESPN has even gone as far as to admit that there are unique aspects to the Longhorn Network, such as the fact that the university has the right to replace any on-air talent that they feel "does not reflect the quality and reputation desired by UT for the Network based on inappropriate statements made or actions taken." And though ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz claimed that the agreement doesn't allow for random replacements or for replacements due to critical comments, the Longhorn Network is looking like another reminder of what the "E" in ESPN stands for.
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