Someone at ESPN Should be Fired, but It’s Not Sergio Dipp

By now most everyone has heard about the stammering performance of NFL sideline reporter Sergio Dipp during Monday Night Football’s recent broadcast of the Broncos vs. Chargers game.

It was bad. Real bad. You can watch it here if you doubt me.

But let’s set the record straight as to who is to blame for his performance. This wasn’t a bad case of nerves or lack of preparation on Dipp’s part. After all, the guy is a 29 year old, English-as-a-Second-Language reporter for ESPN Desportes, the network’s Spanish speaking channel. So the question is not what was with Dipp’s halting speech pattern. The question is what was Dipp doing on the sidelines for this primetime game in the first place.

ESPN has a wealth of talent. So much so that they’ve canned a lot of it recently. And why have they fired so many of their talented broadcasters? In the final analysis, it’s for the same reason you saw Dipp on the sideline yesterday: ESPN has become politics first, professionalism second, and it is costing them dearly.

The network now prides itself on its left-wing politics and commitment to progressive social crusades like “diversity,” and “inclusion.” When they are making personnel decisions they don’t look for the best, they look for the politically correct.

Remember, John Clayton and Ed Werder are no longer employed by the same network that puts Michael Smith and Jemele Hill on its signature Sports Center as hosts every night. Danny Kannell and Reese Waters are gone but Jalen Rose and David Jacoby still have a syndicated radio program.

And yes, Trent Dilfer’s football analysis is dismissed in deference to Sergio Dipp. None of this makes sense from a sheer quality standpoint. From the perspective of turning out the best product, this behavior is mindless. That is until you understand what is motivating the suits at ESPN is politics, not performance.