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ESPN = Wal-Mart

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Idaho, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    Yes? No? Why or Why not?


    An experiment on my part. Just throwing a topic out, letting the masses have at it, if they want to, and waiting to see what happens and how it develops.
  2. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    espn appears to pay its employees a lot better.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Most people would take Wal-Mart over living in Bristol, Conn.
  4. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Fnord. Queef. Poot.

    But I'll stop short of asking for the bunny, and say that ESPN is trying to be the ubiquitous brand, like Wal-Mart, but it doesn't appear to be cutting every little corner in its expansion; it's bucking up for talent, not hiring minimum wage.
  5. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    I pose the question because it seems ESPN fits some of the talking points from the anti-Wal-Mart crowd (minus the poor pay) by being bigger, faster, cheaper and crappier in quality in many cases. It also seems to want to rule the world and dominate or drive out competitors.
  6. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member


    Well, everybody wants to rule the world.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Wal-Mart is evil

    ESPN is a drunken frat boy
  8. pseudo

    pseudo Well-Known Member

    Resistance is futile. Prepare to be assimilated.
  9. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    Take it to the "Post a song you're listening to now" thread.
  10. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    I guess I can see the resemblance:

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  11. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    I don't see that. I don't see anything predatory about hiring people from a variety of newspapers; it doesn't seem that they're picking on any one news organization in particular. And I think they would need to add about 800 reporters to be able to compete for news evenly with large papers in every decent-size pro and major-college market.
  12. jlee

    jlee Well-Known Member

    I don't think I can name one mom 'n' pop operation that ESPN has caused to fold. Most of the other major sports broadcasters seem to be doing fine as well.
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