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NY Times - ESPN Employees Say Racism Endures Behind the Camera
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In meetings and conversations among colleagues, ESPN employees have criticized the career pipeline and diversity of top leadership, eliciting a promise from executives to do better.

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The nationwide conversation over systemic racism and equality has prompted a series of discussions and forums at ESPN, where Black employees, many of them behind the cameras, have begun speaking out about the everyday racism and barriers they face at the sports media giant.

In conference calls and meetings over the last month, they have detailed to their bosses and colleagues what they see as behavior and long-entrenched practices that have led to embarrassing missteps and kept many career Black employees from rising through the ranks at a company that devotes a significant amount of its coverage to Black athletes.

A key producer of some of ESPN’s signature shows said she watched others be promoted so often that she advised some fellow Black employees to leave the company to advance their careers.

ESPN has apologized twice in recent years for on-air segments that were criticized by employees and viewers as racist, including one that looked uncomfortably like an auction of enslaved people.


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And the story of one incident last month has ricocheted around ESPN, with several Black employees calling it emblematic of their experience at the company.

On a conference call of more than 200 people to discuss college football coverage, Black employees began sharing their personal experiences with discrimination. As Maria Taylor, a fast-rising star who has hosted several shows, spoke about her treatment at ESPN, she was interrupted by a white male play-by-play announcer who apparently did not realize that his microphone was not muted.

The announcer, Dave LaMont, could be heard complaining to someone that the call was just a griping session for Black employees. He declined to comment, and ESPN said it had “addressed it appropriately,” without elaborating.

“It was such a slap in the face,” Taylor said in an interview. “When I was in it, that was horrible. But now, looking back, it was an awakening moment. This is part of our culture. There are people that feel this way.”



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Everything is raciss


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good. good. they are eating their own now


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NY Times, so you may not want to read the article


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frick ESPN


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Hopefully ESPN burns


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Uh, it seems like half the on air personalities are black. This is dumb.


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So now they're eating their own


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I turned off ESPN years ago. I'm not interested in these well to do elitists making themselves the victims. Everybody has problems in their life. They aren't all the same, but everyone has problems.



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letthemfight.gif


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including one that looked uncomfortably like an auction of enslaved people.
Had to look this up and yea that one was a bad look.
This post was edited on 7/13 at 8:54 am


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Surely they must be referring to Jemele Hill and Bomani Jones.

Edit: Nvm, they said behind the camera, not in front of the camera.
This post was edited on 7/13 at 9:05 am


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The announcer, Dave LaMont, could be heard complaining to someone that the call was just a griping session for Black employees.


He was probably right.


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re: NY Times - ESPN Employees Say Racism Endures Behind the Camera
Of course. Anytime a black doesn’t get their way, it’s because they are black. But the Jews keep conquering without bitching even with the Holocaust


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re: NY Times - ESPN Employees Say Racism Endures Behind the Camera
Espn is about to fall apart big time
They are going to fail
Glad I haven’t watched that BS in 4 years


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What happens to Sports in General if ESPN Goes Bankrupt?


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What happens to Sports in General if ESPN Goes Bankrupt?

Other companies pick up the contracts

This is going to be great, when ESPN fails
Fox will pick up TONS of sports contracts

Hopefully NBC too and we get the NBA on NBC back


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Astonished at this bravery


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re: NY Times - ESPN Employees Say Racism Endures Behind the Camera
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“It was such a slap in the face,” Taylor said in an interview. “When I was in it, that was horrible. But now, looking back, it was an awakening moment. This is part of our culture. There are people that feel this way.”


We lose Stuart Scott and get Maria Taylor and Max Kellmeran instead


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What happens to Sports in General if ESPN Goes Bankrupt?


Nothing good. Access to watch will be more limited, at least for a while. Less money would be flowing into college sports, causing more programs to be cut. There would be some pretty bad outcomes.


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