ESPN Radio Host Slams Competitive Gaming

"Somebody lock the basement door at mom's house, and don't let 'em out."


During this morning's ESPN Radio show The Herd, host Colin Cowherd slammed competitive gaming after his employer hosted a Heroes of the Storm competition the night earlier on ESPN 2. Many viewers took issue with ESPN for broadcasting the gaming programming, and Cowherd was right there with them.

Colin Cowherd
Colin Cowherd

"If ESPN ever forced me to cover that, or do play-by-play, I would quit," Cowherd said during his radio show. He supplemented his comments with splices of commentary from the Heroes of the Storm tournament last night.

"Somebody lock the basement door at mom's house, and don't let 'em out," he added, referencing the players. "I will quit this network if I am every asked to cover that."

Cowherd went on to say that he "tolerated" Donkey Kong, but stopped caring about fantasy worlds after the Harry Potter series.

Also during his show, Cowherd aired a play-by-play segment where commentators talked about a sequence in the Heroes of the Storm tournament that they said was the equivalent of going up for a slam dunk in basketball without having control of the ball. Cowherd didn't hold back in his comeback for this, too.

"I'll tell what that was the equivalent of there--me putting a gun in my mouth and having to listen to that," he said.

The gaming event that Cowherd blasted on his radio show was "Heroes of the Dorm," a collegiate tournament that saw teams from Arizona State University and the University of California at Berkeley duke it out for a chance to win college tuition. Berkeley ending up winning.

Cowherd's comments, and his tone, aren't all that surprising, given the sports media veteran's history of being outspoken and abrasive. He works in radio; his job is to entertain, after all.

What do you make of Cowherd's comments today? Let us know in the comments below.

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