Ryen Russillo finds himself grappling with the current sports talk climate, where politics are interspersed with commentary about games significantly more than any other time in recent memory. Here is a relevant transcription of where he finds himself:
I feel like there’s so many people that I work with, that every show, every topic, every angle on it is hoping to be right about destroying the right on every single thing that comes up. And I don’t even feel like I’m taking that much of a stance other than I feel like I just — I hear it every single day. I don’t know what the job is anymore.
I got into sports because I want to talk about sports, and now I feel like if I’m not doing a social awareness show three out of five days a week I feel like I’m doing it wrong. I can’t possibly think that’s the play, long-term, for what I’m supposed to do as a sports talk show host for the next 10 years.
I don’t know what it is. If I were doing the anti-Trump show three days a week, would I have 90% support from co-workers? Because that’s what it feels like right now. I don’t know. I thought it was kind of laughable that Le Batard was saying we can’t criticize Trump. Like, I think the majority of everybody I work with does all the time.
And I’m not sitting here saying, ‘Oh I wish I could criticize him.’ I don’t care. Like, I don’t care. I find myself going, ‘Man, this again today?’ Like I saw a show the other day tease that one of the hosts was upset about the travel ban. That was the tease for a show. Can you imagine if I teased this show and said, ‘Coming up, why all of you are wrong about Trump, and why he’s awesome.’
As he concludes, that wouldn’t work out too well for him: “It’s really weird that the job now feels like you have to have a take, and it better be along the lines of so many other people in the media or you’re just gonna be uncool, you’re gonna be ostracized.”