ESPN (originally the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) began in 1979, with a base in Bristol, Connecticut. The derogatory nickname “BSPN” (b.s./bullshit + ESPN) has been cited in printsince at least 2001.
ESPN is an American cable television network focusing on sports-related programming—including live and pre-taped event telecasts, sports talk shows, and other original programming.
Founded by Bill Rasmussen, his son Scott Rasmussen and Aetna insurance agent Ed Eagan, it launched on September 7, 1979, under the direction of Chet Simmons, the network’s President and CEO (and later the United States Football League’s first commissioner). The Getty Oil Company provided funding to begin the new venture via executive Stuart Evey. George Bodenheimer is ESPN’s current president, a position he has held since November 19, 1998. Since March 2003, Bodenheimer has also headed ABC Sports, which was operationally folded into ESPN in 2006.
ESPN’s signature telecast, SportsCenter, debuted with the network and aired its 30,000th episode on February 11, 2007. ESPN broadcasts primarily from its studios in Bristol, Connecticut. The network also operates offices in Miami; New York City; Seattle, Washington; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Los Angeles. The Los Angeles office, from which the late-night edition of SportsCenter is now broadcast, opened at L.A. Live in early 2009.
Google Groups: alt.sports.basketball.nba.vanc-grizzlies
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 17:18:20 GMT
Local: Mon, Aug 13 2001 12:18 pm
Subject: BSPN article on the Memphis Jizzlies
Google Groups: alt.sports.baseball.atlanta-braves
From: “Jolly Rogers”
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 16:19:19 -0500
Local: Wed, Jun 26 2002 4:19 pm
Subject: Schuerholz + Cooperstown mentioned by BSPN
BSPN calling Kobe....Smeagol
by #1_Kobe_fan on Thu Jan 13, 2005 12:58 pm
Washington Post—D. C. Sports Blog
Bobby Boswell on BSPN
By Dan Steinberg | August 10, 2007; 3:24 PM ET
The backlash against what Soccer Insider Steven Goff has termed “BSPN” is not going anywhere. The New York Times’s soccer blog teed off on ESPN just this afternoon, noting how Wilbon et all couldn’t stop talking about Becks last night:...
BSPN: The Incompetent Sports Media
by Anthony21 on Jun 10, 2009 2:07 PM CDT in Favregeddon
The sports media has never been perfect—any regular reader of sports blogs has undoubtedly come across a blogger slamming a personality on ESPN, taking apart an opinion piece by a commentator for one of the major sports websites, or questioning the credibility of a certain reporter.
LeBron’s “Decision”? To Avoid the Path of Greatness
By Buzz Bissinger 10:05 AM, July 9 2010
I know I saw something last night on ESPN, which with its sycophantish idolatry of supposed sports heroes mights as well be called BSPN, America’s Bullshit Leader.
Posted on July 13, 2011 by bittersportspills
I watched about 2 minutes of it. It brought dumbassery to new heights.
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