New York Jets QB Aaron Rodgers has never been afraid of the spotlight. He is open to voicing his opinion on matters and is willing to take the heat for what he says. Today, he went on a couple of tangents during his weekly interview on The Pat McAfee Show. One of them discussed the state of the sports talk industry.
Aaron Rodgers Puts Sports Talk Shows on Blast
During his weekly interview with Pat McAfee, Rodgers voiced his opinion on the current state of the sports talk industry. He praised McAfee for what he is doing and the positivity that his platform provides. In the process, Rodgers also put other sports talk shows on blast. He said:
“Nobody is clamoring to be on those other shows. They’re celebrating when somebody goes on one of those other shows to pitch something that they’re working on. This show gets the best of the best.” -Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers Says Old Sports Talk Show Formats Are Outdated
In addition to the quote above, Rodgers criticized the old way of doing things for sports talk shows. He noted that they are outdated and negative. Here is how Rodgers described it:
“This show does it with positivity. It is not just one person attacking one side and one person attacking the other side and have them go back and forth and say some of the craziest sh*t ever.” -Aaron Rodgers
In addition to the above comment, Rodgers notes that McAfee and company are changing the way sports media is done. He also notes that some of the “old dogs” are scared of this change coming. This is when things started to get interesting.
Did Aaron Rodgers Threaten ESPN?
It is no secret that Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Kimmel have had a beef. He even discussed how it originated earlier in this same show and then went on a COVID rant after that. Pat McAfee has taken some heat for allowing Rodgers to express some of his views on his platform. It has had some people questioning if McAfee and ESPN are going to last together considering there are even ESPN executives trying to dump McAfee.
The elephant in the room is that The Pat McAfee Show has brought in ratings for ESPN. The addition of the show resulted in a 35% increase year-over-year in its given timeslot.
Because of this, Rodgers fired back on this subject. Along with praising McAfee, he had a message for ESPN. This is what Rodgers had to say:
“People have more affinity for ESPN now because The Pat McAfee Show is on it. If it’s gone… we’re all gone…” -Aaron Rodgers
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