Memo: ‘Sucks’ is not appropriate for ESPN

ESPN on-air talent got this no-“sucks” memo late Friday afternoon from executive vice president, production John Wildhack and senior vice president, talent development & planning Laurie Orlando.

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


All of us in Production and throughout the company take great pride in the work of our on air talent.espn 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