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Jeff Jacobs: ESPN Playing A Risky Game

Jeff Jacobs: ESPN Playing A Risky Game

When Bob Ley sat with us in Bristol last spring, the journalistic heart and soul of ESPN talked about his company having a "huge tent." This was after the massive layoffs of onscreen and online talent.

This was before ESPN hired new talent with built-in followings of thousands, if not millions.

As Jemele Hill returns Monday from her two-week suspension for a second violation of the company's social media policy, I can't stop thinking about that huge tent at the hugest sports media company in history.

Ley used the term to mean there is plenty of room at ESPN for different voices and different types of shows. As ESPN added the edgy "Barstool Van...