From: Ed Cameron, Red Sox Fan and Aging Catcher
To: ESPN via https://r.espn.go.com/members/contact/index
CC: The Nation
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2011
Subject: ESPN to Red Sox Nation: Drop Dead
I have nothing against watching the Reds versus the Braves tonight. I especially like to watch former Sox players Derek Lowe and Bronson Arroyo.
But the Red Sox are playing a double header today. The second game will not be televised. Rescheduled as a makeup game from yesterday’s rain game in Detroit, the needs of ESPN apparently take precedence over the millions of Red Sox fans who would like to watch.
According to the Boston Globe:
“The first game will be on NESN. But the second game will not be televised. ESPN has exclusivity for its “Sunday Night Baseball’’ game and would not grant a waiver to NESN.” (Source: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2011/05/29/real_life_drama_affects_bard/ )
I appreciate your exclusivity rights, really I do. But let us in your infinite wisdom watch the Sox game on our local NESN cable station. We promise we will cause no harm to ESPN or its advertisers. However, if you ruin this for us, there will be consequences.
I hope by the time this communication reaches you that you have seen the light of day (light dawns on Marblehead, to use a local expression) and done the right thing. Time is short, lives are at stake, assemble your leadership and make the right choice.
We are watching…and we are prepared to not watch you. Facebook, Twitter, and emails have brought down repression. Just ask former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek, who I believe was an ESPN Insider until his recent downfall. You may be next.
If you accede to these demands, I promise I will jump to the Reds-Braves game during commercials. I promise I will not boycott your advertisers; I will even buy a six pack of Coors Light which I detest.
P.S. Dear Nation, please send this to friends via email, Facebook, carrier pigeon and especially email ESPN via their website contact link https://r.espn.go.com/members/contact/index