The following directive recently went out within the ESPN empire, via its newswire:

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CBB—Do not run video of Vitale meeting Pope
Please make sure that any video or reporting on Dick Vitale meeting the Pope does NOT air on our shows.

No explanation was given, but, honestly, who cares about a gassy old relic representing an opaque and authoritarian institution full of perverts, anyway? And, for that matter, who cares about the pope?

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