Former Charlotte Observer sportswriter Jason Whitlock says that, yes, cord-cutting is to blame for heavy losses in ESPN viewership.

But Whitlock, a former ESPN employee now working at Fox Sports 1, also says the network’s politics are also part of the blame.

According to Nielsen data, ESPN has lost more than 11 million subscribers in the past five years.

Whitlock — who is co-host of FS1’s “Speak For Yourself” sports talk show with Colin Cowherd and Jason McIntyre — appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show on the Fox News Network Thursday. Carlson said ESPN was still the most powerful brand in sports, but he questioned whether ESPN was pushing politics too much.

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