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Tebowmania must really be dead! The New York Jets don't seem to care about Tim Tebow anymore, since he can't even get into games these days. Now, the Worldwide Leader doesn't seem to care about the Jets' backup quarterback anymore, either.
ESPN will reportedly cut back on its constant coverage of Tebow.
[ESPN President] Skipper said he was bothered by a quote from former ESPN radio host Doug Gottlieb, who once was told by a producer that "you can't talk enough Tebow."
"The quote that I hated was from Doug Gottlieb," Skipper told John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal last week. "I didn't love that. I want people to think about what works for the next 10 minutes might not be the best thing for us for three years. That one hit home with me."
Skipper said he didn't have any problem with ESPN's training-camp coverage of the Jets, but it sounds like the network's coverage of Tebow grew tiresome during a season in which the quarterback barely has played.
"In some ways, the more difficult internal conflict is between long-term story telling and ratings," Skipper said. "We all know that if you focus on the Tebow story, for the next 10 minutes you're going to do better. But the question is trying to take a long-term perspective and saying, 'Guys, let's not get over excited about one story and hyping it.'"
What will the Worldwide Leader find to talk about? And what will the world do without constant Tebow talk? Maybe we can all just relax a little and pay attention to football.