'Inside The NBA' Tried To Talk E-Sports And Everything Went To Hell
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#InsideTheNBA talks eSports. The commentary digressed quickly. (+ @Thooorin FTW) https://t.co/uLERnjDfXc — ELEAGUE (@EL) January 8, 2016
As part of Turner Broadcasting's attempt to bring e-sports to a wider television audience, the parent company staged a short crossover segment on Thursday night between TNT's "Inside the NBA" and their "broadcasting counterparts" (Ernie Johnson's respectful words) for Turner's newly formed ELEAGUE.
And to be blunt, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith were having none of it. But Shaquille O'Neal actually muttered "it's sports," when Johnson asked about the crew's opinion on e-sports. On the other side, Smith openly questioned whether e-sports could be considered a "real sport" before the segment shifted to some short ELEAGUE coverage, led by James Bardolph, Richard Lewis and Duncan “Thorin” Shields.
After their brief recap of the day's top ELEAGUE matches, Thorin couldn't help but slide in a little dig at Shaq -- who had just gi
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