Despite ESPN’s try to faux in any other case, COVID-19 is nonetheless killing 1000’s of Americans.Image: (Getty Images)If you tune into ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” for some other cause than to look at a bunch of previous guys snigger uncomfortably or stand round screens they don’t totally perceive the best way to work, then I assume it’s for info. Who’s injured, who’s being changed as a starter, who received caught placing their dick in a resort fish tank, that kind of factor. Of course, IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES, ESPN wants you to know what’s occurring with COVID and the league. Does that imply it’ll be framed because the world-changing/crippling pandemic that it’s been, that has claimed 200,000 American lives? You know this is ESPN, proper? Yep, that’s proper. A still-raging illness that has introduced a lot of the world to its knees sooner or later is nothing greater than a teaser for ESPN, as a result of the true enterprise is soccer. Or to get folks to look at issues associated to and about soccer, for reals. Schefter treats this as nothing greater than a shock damage or coach’s determination, and one thing to be dangled to get you to tune in. That’s the place we’re. Pandemic as scores. Schefter most likely felt comfy utilizing the virus as bait as a result of it was simply Senior VP of Officiating Al Riveron, whom most individuals received’t care about. Especially as Riveron doesn’t truly get on the sector anymore, however works within the video command middle for replays. In some methods, that makes it worse. This is nonetheless a illness that places everybody within the league in danger and might be simply argued as a cause they shouldn’t be enjoying in any respect. Schefter is now utilizing it to attract in viewers as nothing greater than a massive signal like this: G/O Media might get a commissionScreenshot: FOXThis is clearly the difficulty with treating sports activities as regular in the mean time. It minimizes the hazard and seriousness of the pandemic, decreasing it to simply one other factor outdoors of soccer, a easy illness that may fuck up your fantasy staff or three-team parlay. And that’s nearly the very last thing anybody wants now.It’s not ESPN’s job to cowl COVID with the identical strategy as information networks, however they actually have some kind of accountability to deal with it as extra than simply a teaser to get you to tune in. But then you definately may see the issue with soccer being performed proper now, which could imply you’re much less prone to tune in to see the disclosing of the Raiders’ new stadium/swindle of native residents on Monday evening. This got here a day after ESPN’s College Gameday was beseeching California governor to carry restrictions which were blamed for the Pac-12 not becoming a member of in diving into the contaminated pool to play once more. That’s the California governor who is not solely coping with a virus (4,000 new instances yesterday, 15,000 deaths), but in addition wildfires which have over a million acres burning, 1000’s displaced from their houses, and the air feeling and looking like sizzling and bitter soup. Perhaps soccer isn’t his largest concern proper now? Especially after the restrictions on newbie sports activities have been put into place after eight USC gamers had examined optimistic.”Then once more, we all know that everybody concerned in soccer — coaches, broadcasters, writers — is solely vaguely conscious of the skin world, so this isn’t a big shock. .