ESPNESPN, much to everyone's dismay, has the rights to the Indy 500.
Last weekend, in some of the most thrilling racing I've ever seen in the last ten laps of an Indy 500, ESPN went split-screen. With girlfriends.
Think I'm kidding? I'm not. Every time the race leader got passed, they split-screened the race with the race leader's girlfriend/wife. Adding the borders and the inevitable ticker, they were literally showing the race in less than 25% of the screen.
This is what blows my mind about ESPN: someone important had to think that this was a good idea. It's not something that the producer could have done on the spur of the moment. This was planned idiocy.
The problem, though, is that ESPN is so big now that self-examination is entirely unnecessary. If anything, no matter what they do, it will be copied by everyone else (hello, FOX).
Here, you can see footage for yourself. Laugh at will: debacle footage.
This is why sports fans can't have nice things anymore.