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ESPN President Has Brutally Honest Comment About Discussing Politics

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05: A view of the logo during ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for ESPN)

In recent years, ESPN has seen an increase in the discussion of political related topics and current events issues on its airwaves. This trend has been met with plenty of feedback.

Some viewers and listeners applauded the Worldwide Leader for fostering conversation on these topics, while others demanded the network "stick to sports." It seems like under new president Jimmy Pitaro, there is a conscientious effort to do more of the latter.

The Los Angeles Times profiled ESPN and Pitaro this week, and the executive, who has run ESPN since March 2018, dropped an interesting comment about politics and its place at the network.

Sounds like Pitaro wants his employees to dial back on anything politically related.

Whether some people like it or not, there will always be some instances where sports and politics intersect. It is just the nature of life in 2019.

However, Pitaro's quotes signal a shift in philosophy from his predecessor John Skipper. Skipper allowed his network's on-air talent to have a wealth of freedom to discuss issues that were important to them, for better or worse.

It doesn't look like that will be happening as much anymore.