* Personal websites and blogs that contain sports content are not permitted
* Prior to engaging in any form of social networking dealing with sports, you must receive permission from the supervisor as appointed by your department head
* ESPN.COM may choose to post sports related social media content
* If ESPN.com opts not to post sports related social media content created by ESPN talent, you are not permitted to report, speculate, discuss or give any opinions on sports related topics or personalities on your personal platforms
Those are just a few of the all-encompassing social media policy from ESPN.
So, let me get this straight: you want rapid sports fans as employees who spend their entire life obsessing over sports to avoid talking about sports online. Perhaps they should avoid speaking to others in public, having personal relationships, and leaving the ESPN office as well.
The only thing their policy needed to say was "Assume at all times you are representing ESPN. Maintain respect for your colleagues at all times. Consider the interests of ESPN and your colleagues."
And maybe one more point for new employees to the world of media:"What you say can be taken out of context."