In an interview with Sports Illustrated‘s Jimmy Traina, ESPN late-night “SportsCenter” anchor Scott Van Pelt addressed the narrative that the network is a “sinking ship.”

Van Pelt said on “Off the Board” that he is “tired” of the claims ESPN is dying.

“I push back against it,” Van Pelt told Traina. “I get it every day. Largely, people are kind, and largely you get compliments. But you do get the sinking-ship narrative. I would try to educate people, but it’s pointless to educate people who don’t care to be educated. I guess people believe that we’re hemorrhaging money when that’s not the case. There are other challenges for us, absolutely. Is the business challenged? Absolutely. Look at our peers. There’s no one in this space that is just hiring on gobs more people and aren’t trying to figure out what to do. What’s the old cliche? The wind blows hardest at the top of the mountain? That’s where we are. That’s what you’re going to get.”

The longtime ESPN employee later added that anybody who has canceled ESPN or boycotted the NFL over politics is “so dumb” that they are “beyond hope.”
I don't want his prayers.