The Jets announced Monday that they’ve decided on a starting quarterback. After assessing the play of Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty, and Josh McCown — none of whom were particularly good — the Jets have settled on McCown for Week 1.
McCown is 38, and the last time he won a regular season game was Week 5 of the 2015 season. Since 2014, McCown has a 2-20 record as a starting quarterback. That’s frighteningly bad.
“Appealing to a Hispanic audience is a priority for us,” Burke Magnus, ESPN’s executive vice president of programming and scheduling, told Sports Business Daily. “Obviously, it’s also a priority for the NFL in terms of growing their fan base and tracking on the changing demographics of the country.”
It’s likely a good decision for ESPN, which used to show poker tournaments and repeats of “30 for 30” on ESPN2 during Monday Night Football broadcasts.
The NFL has made recent efforts to expand its brand in Mexico and played a regular-season game in the country for the first time in over a decade last year when the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders met in Estadio Azteca. The NFL will return to Mexico in November when the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders play a Week 11 game.
Popularity of American football in the country has skyrocketed, and ESPN is Cheap Steelers Jerseys wise Cheap Rugby Jerseys New Zealand to ride that wave and make the NFL more accessible to Spanish-speaking fans.