The former ESPN employee has a theory on why the Worldwide Leader might lose talent.
On a weekend podcast with fellow Fox Sports personality Jason Whitlock, former ESPN star Colin Cowherd theorized why talented employees might continue to leave the Worldwide Leader.
His reason: ESPN's campus.
Cowherd thinks ESPN being located in rural, Bristol, Ct. is a major negative for the company when it comes to keeping and pursuing elite talent.
From Awful Announcing:
“There are now 31 sports networks. The advantage for ESPN has dried up, as now people have options. Not only 31 sports networks Jason, we have 22 regional sports networks. And they are in cool places to live like New York, and LA, and Boston, and Detroit, and Dallas, and Chicago. What is undoing ESPN and is not spoken about, is no one wants to live in rural Connecticut”
“They used to have the hammer. They don’t anymore. Fox can offer you LA, Chicago, New York, Charlotte. The advantage was, you have to live here. Nobody… elite people… Olbermann didn’t want to live there. Simmons didn’t want to live there. You didn’t want to live there. I didn’t want to live there. The seven bosses that worked for us at Fox, didn’t want to live there. It has become a huge unspoken disadvantage. Rural Connecticut as a whole is dying.”
“It’s a turnoff”
“It is unspoken. It is not discussed on any blog I imagine. It is a huge… anybody we want, we get. Why? They don’t want to live there.”
“Mike Greenberg is going to quit Mike and Mike before Thanksgiving. He’ll be off the show. Why? Because he was furious they were going to move it to New York and they pulled the rug out from under him. Because he doesn’t want to live there. He wants to go to the city and live an urban life. I don’t blame him.”
ESPN does have some of its shows operating in Los Angeles (and Charlotte), and many of its employees aren't stationed in Bristol, but it probably is somewhat of a negative (and maybe a big one) to have its corporate headquarters stationed in an area of the country not that appealing to many.
How much will it actually hurt ESPN going forward? That remains to be seen.