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> The ratings for "The 2020 ESPYs" are in, and they're woeful, especially
> considering sports fans have been starved for content for more than
> three months.
> This year's ESPN awards show centered mostly on social issues, not
> sports, and could signal what fans can expect when the major sports
> return after being sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic.
> The all-virtual show Sunday attracted a mere 482,000 viewers on ESPN
> and ESPN2, according to Sports Media Watch. That's bad enough to
> make it the lowest-rated ESPYs show in the network's history,
> dating back to 1995.
> The pitiful viewership is an 88 percent decrease from the 2019 ESPYs,
> when 3.87 million people tuned in.
> The 2015 awards, for context, saw ESPN honor Caitlyn Jenner with the
> Arthur Ashe Courage Award for coming out as transgender.
> The show has become a sports version of the Oscars, where Hollywood
> liberals spend hours annually castigating ordinary Americans about
> social issues.
And just like the Oscars, the usual suspects will make excuses for why
Americans are tuning out in droves. It won't be about the in your face
politics and lecturing and moralizing delivered by the most amoral
people in the country. Nope. It'll be about the weather or the day of
the week or the hour it was broadcast or some other lame excuse.