The Captain’s Blog has uncovered secret video of an ESPN staff meeting that helps shed some light on the curious unanimity of the network’s baseball predictions.
When ESPN’s 2011 season forecasts were first revealed on its website, many in the industry were surprised to see that all 45 “experts” picked the Red Sox to win the American League East. Since that time, several allegations of wrong doing have emerged. According to one unidentified source, although ESPN employees were permitted to pick against the Red Sox in the World Series, choosing another AL East leader was strictly prohibited. Despite the New England-based network’s widely perceived Boston bias, most media watchdogs dismissed these early claims of coercion. However, the following video, which was given to The Captain’s Blog by a confidential informant, tells a different story.
As evident in the video, at least two ESPN employees wanted to select the Yankees as AL East champion, but their refusal to toe the company line resulted in severe repercussions. The Captain’s Blog has not received confirmation about other similar methods of coercion, but at least one unidentified source confirmed that the hard line stance taken by higher ups had a chilling effect on the predictions of others.