ESPN Radio Host Says He'll Quit If He Has To Cover eSports
Competitive gaming isn't a sport. It just isn't. In that respect, this guy is right.
However, Colin Cowherd, host of the ESPN Radio show "The Herd," may have taken things a bit too far.
He has successfully ruffled many a feather by ripping competitive gaming on the show, after ESPN2 aired a Heroes of the Storm competition. A lot of people didn't like the move (as you can read about here) and Cowherd hated it even more:
"If ESPN ever forced me to cover that, or do play-by-play, I would quit."
As for the players who test their hands at competitive gaming, Cowherd said: "Somebody lock the basement door at mom's house, and don't let 'em out." Gee, that's nice of him. He even ran pieces of the Heroes of the Storm commentary and at one point, he said he'd rather "put a gun in my mouth than have to listen to that."
I suppose I could rebut. I guess I could say something like, "I think one gamer in my class in school had a higher I.Q. than all the jocks combined." Or, I could say something like, "the deification of athletes in this country is a sure sign of societal regression." But I won't. I don't have Cowherd's platform and besides, I don't really have a problem with him doing his job. He just didn't have to sound like such an a**hole.
4/27/2015 9:09:55 PM Ben Dutka