ESPN has screened some of the most dramatic sporting events of all time. But the network itself has also been at the center of numerous sensational behind-the-scenes stories. And here’s a look at 20 of them – all of which put one of America’s great sporting institutions in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
20. Skip Bayless “outs” Troy Aikman
Former First Take commentator Skip Bayless, who left ESPN for Fox Sports in 2016, is renowned for shooting his mouth off about particular players. But he went a little too far when he speculated about the sexuality of quarterback Troy Aikman in a book about the Dallas Cowboys. Aikman, for his part, has never forgiven him.
19. The frat house environment
Another book, Those Guys Have All the Fun, also got ESPN in trouble when its authors purported that the network had somewhat of a frat house culture back in the 1980s. Drunken orgies and drug taking at Christmas parties were just two of the accusations leveled at the network – and the tell-all naturally caused a scandal at the time of its publication.