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    Re: SEC Football Discussion Thread

    Interesting nuggets in the comments section of the ESPN spice story. Readers were slagging on the habit that ESPN seems to have for writing negative stories about Auburn especially given this one is such a brazen, thouroughly discredited hack job.

    BTW, has anyone wondered why there was zero commment about Alabama football and spice in that article? Wouldn't how they dealt with the situation be useful context?

    Anyway, Mark Schlabach, an ESPN columnist, responded but his answers might surprise some who consider ESPN trustworthy. ESPN has zero credibility when it comes to Auburn and Mark Schlabach pretty much admits it:

    Quote Originally Posted by pace tiger;
    This is purely a hit job. this story could have been about any major college sports team, or just the drug in general, and ESPN decided to go after Auburn for doing not suspending players for a drug that was completely legal at the time. Is it dangerous? yes. so is football, but it was legal and as adults they made the decision to do it. I am sick of people complaining about how teams should babysit their players. If you are old enough to vote for the president and die in the army, you don't need someone telling you how to live your lifeless
    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Schlabach;
    I understand your concern, pace tiger, but you have to understand that we have a responsibility to our sponsors to create interesting news stories for our audience.
    Quote Originally Posted by My2Cents2011;
    The problem is that ESPN then becomes Fox News. Remember "Obama is a muslim terrortist born in Kenya"....nevermind the fact that he is a Christian American born in Hawaii.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Schlabach;
    Fox News is the #1 cable news network in America because they know their audience and they give them the news they want to hear
    Quote Originally Posted by ntense001;
    Just change the name of this article to "we really hate Auburn at ESPN and don't care if we have to write total garbage to prove it".
    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Schlabach;
    There is a lot of money to be made by writing negative stories about Auburn (true or not). Our audience wants to read dirt on Auburn so we give them what they want. This is not NPR. ESPN is a business and we have to do what is best for our bottom line.

    In the interest of fairness, there is always the caveat that the real Mark Schlabach didn't post those responses. The shoe fits though.
    Last edited by jojo; 04-06-2013 at 04:51 PM.
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