ESPN Asks Its TV People To Stop Saying "Sucks" So Much

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ESPN is a roll with these memos. Just yesterday the Worldwide Leader told its talent to be extra extra careful when talking about rape allegations ("Today's developments in the Jameis Winston investigation are likely to be emotionally charged. Please consider that ..."). Today, network brass has a new request. Please, please stop saying "sucks" so much on TV. This is a family company, after all.


Here's the—oddly timed—late-day memo:

From: Talent Office <>
Date: December 6, 2013, 5:13:56 PM EST
To: Talent Office <>
Subject: Important Reminder


All of us in Production and throughout the company take great pride in the work of our on air talent. You are our direct connection with sports fans and contribute significantly in making ESPN the leader in sports media. Recently, there have been numerous incidents in which the word "sucks" has been used on our air. This word is simply not appropriate for ESPN. What you say and the language you use is important for our audience and sports fans of all ages. Please be mindful of this starting immediately.

Thank you,

John Wildhack and Laurie Orlando