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« Last post by Skinsguy on November 22, 2017, 12:30:56 PM »
They've been laying off for a couple years now. Has nothing to do with politics. The thing thats killing ESPN is the fact that NBC and FOX have launched their own sports channels and they have bid on the big games. And gotten them!

NBC Sports covered 1/3 of the NASCAR races and a host of NFL games.
FS1 (Fox Sports) has been covering several D1 college conferences. And they have their own XM radio station. Add to that they have poached a lot of the ESPN hosts to compete; Skip Bayless being one and he has his own prime-time show now.

Barstool Sports has blown up on social media and is now getting their own XM station launching in the new year.

ESPN's problem is the market is blown up and other stations can pay more than personalities and commentary.

I think it's a little bit of politics, the fact that they have competition, and the fact that they have a dated business model. A lot of reasons why ESPN is failing.
Politics / The Republican Threat To Children
« Last post by Solon on November 22, 2017, 12:26:33 PM »
Unlike Trump, most Senate Republicans have made it clear that the child molester Roy Moore is not welcome in Washington. That political courage deserves appreciation. Unfortunately, there is a group of children they and House Republicans are putting in jeopardy. I posted about this in the September Crisis thread. Nothing has changed. The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is critical to the medical care of millions of children, many of whom have significant health costs. When the legislation expired, it appeared that most states could make it to the first of the year before they ran out of money. Given the Congressional calendar, that time is at hand. Clearly, Republicans are far more concerned about the tax cut for their donors than the health of children, but reauthorizing CHIP is a no-brainer that would quickly and easily pass if only the leadership would introduce the legislation.

Since its inception in 1997, CHIP has had strong bipartisan support and been a measurable success, covering nearly 9 million children nationwide. It helped lower the nationís percentage of uninsured children from almost 14 percent when it started to about 4.5 percent in 2015. But this year, amid efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Congress allowed the deadline to reauthorize the program to come and go. Almost two whole months have passed since and there is growing concern that no action will come until the end of the year.

Families and state agencies have been forced to scramble amidst the uncertainty. Arizona, the District of Columbia, Minnesota, and North Carolina are expected to run out of CHIP funding next month according to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). Another 27 states are anticipated to have their funds exhausted by March 2018

Congress Created a Health-Care Crisis for Kids Right in Time for the Holidays
Politics / Re: Half of Trump Tax Cuts Go To Top 1/2 of 1%
« Last post by Solon on November 22, 2017, 11:52:34 AM »
Republicans continue to tell the lie that tax cuts will grow the economy and pay for themselves. That has been disproved repeatedly since the 1980's beginning with its first iteration in the Reagan administration. Then came Bush...ditto. Then came Brownback...and Kansas is still mired in budgetary failure that has stunted the education of children in public schools among other horrors. That they continue to make this absurd claim demonstrates their contempt for the intelligence and knowledge of the American people.

37 of 38 economists said the GOP tax plans would grow the debt. The 38th misread the question.

Politics / Re: Sexual Harassment - Another One Bites The Dust -Make That Two
« Last post by Common Sense on November 22, 2017, 11:48:53 AM »
Hillary was just a bad choice for President.

But keeping it at home in Virginia, where all politics is local:

Ralph was a great choice. And as its obvious...the BLOWOUT was a part of the Trump-effect.
Sounds like the republicans are acting like the Clinton democrats
Politics / Re: Roy Moore Accused of Child Molestation
« Last post by Steven on November 22, 2017, 11:30:11 AM »
Next thing you're going to tell me is that Trump was born in Kenya.
Politics / Re: Sexual Harassment - Another One Bites The Dust -Make That Two
« Last post by Steven on November 22, 2017, 11:27:23 AM »
As far as Gillispie goes -he was a bad choice. He didn't connect with the people. Not with me anyway. That was like Hillary picking Tim Kaine for VP. He was a really bad choice.
Classifieds / Re: Calls to the Program
« Last post by Bill Wyatt on November 22, 2017, 10:12:15 AM »
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Politics / Re: Sexual Harassment - Another One Bites The Dust -Make That Two
« Last post by Common Sense on November 22, 2017, 09:55:38 AM »
And the management of the economy is working great, and I'm happy to see how he hasn't cut back on the progress President Obama started back in 2009.

And you again evade the point and the crisis of our nation.

As a citizen of Virginia, the fact that are the ones the Virginia Democrats used to run and WIN in BLOWOUT fashion here in Virginia. And the last recounts are underway to see how the outcome of this upset of the lifetime in the House of Delegates.
Politics / Re: Sexual Harassment - Another One Bites The Dust -Make That Two
« Last post by superman on November 22, 2017, 09:37:20 AM »
This sexual harrassment issue is just another example of how Democrats thought they could use this issue against President Trump and it has come back to bite themselves worse.

Fact is the only issue democrats have to run is their hate towards President Trump. They are against the tax cut bill. They want to continue the individual mandate on Obamacare which forces Americans to either buy insurance or pay the government a penalty.

Meanwhile, the economy is booming, the stock market is booming which in turn is helping the portfolios of millions of Americans and their retirement plans.
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