It has never been hard to find a sports-media type who secretly rooted for ESPN to get some comeuppance or another. But the idea that the public at large would be in on this — that it would relish ESPN’s struggles in a karmic way — is fairly new. It’s a condition newspapers and the “Big 3” broadcast networks know well. Welcome to the age of ESPN schadenfreude.
No one roots for Goliath.
Source: Bryan Curtis, The Ringer