HBO’s “Game Theory with Bomani Jones” Show Fails to Resonate with Americans

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HBO’s “Game Theory with Bomani Jones” has failed to resonate with Americans after being described as a program that “discusses timely issues that transcend the world of sports,” with critics feeling the host’s habit of raising too many issues regarding race is a major turn-off.

“It’s one of the least shocking things right now that so few people care about waking up sports talk and poisoning them, all on the basis of pitting blacks and whites against each other,” NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Hawke told Fox News. Digital.

“Game Theory with Bomani Jones” premiered on March 13 with a slim audience of just 155,000 viewers. In its second week, viewership dropped to just 53,000, meaning everyone who tuned in to HBO’s newest and highly publicized show could fit in even the smallest NFL stadium in America.

The third episode of “Game Theory” drew only 98,000 viewers, and averaged 109,000 viewers over five episodes of the opening season. Alarmingly small audiences came despite “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” averaging 519,000 viewers on the show, which airs on time just before Jones’ show.

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The diminutive audience was treated to segments including “The Truth About Nepotism in the NFL,” which provided a 14-minute breakdown of why he felt the “systemic injustice” of nepotism that plagued the NFL. But before Jones turns to nepotism, make sure viewers know that racism is the league’s biggest problem.

Jones said sarcastically after pointing out that Cardinal’s former coach Steve Wilkes had been bypassed for a head coach position by a general manager who was recently convicted of drunk driving.

He continued, “Blacks have been abandoned in jobs since ours became jobs and not the first unpaid internships in America. Racism in the NFL is just an offshoot of racism in America.” “And that’s why now I want to talk to the whites. Because the main victims of NFL hiring practices are all of you. Yes, Bryson, leave out the quinoa. Let me be your ally.”

“Game Theory with Bomani Jones” premiered on March 13 with a slim audience of just 155,000 viewers.

Jones then spent nearly nine minutes largely mocking the white coaches who had been abandoned to the children of the other white coaches. “Now, I hope you are angry, whites,” he once said, “not because I like angry whites, but when your own self-interest is at stake, you need not worry.”

Jones also had slides on why top college football recruits chose historically black colleges and universities, the popularity of cryptocurrency in sports and the legacy of legendary Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyowski.

Jones said of Coach K. “We hate that he beat every team that blacks love.” Ten years ago, had the Duke played for the Ku Klux Klan, we would have pulled one 0-0 away. Nation, Duke basketball was like venture capital, talking to a manager, getting your dog to work — a symbol of white excellence.”

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“There’s nothing very insightful about any of this, regardless of what HBO and ESPN Jones’ former employer thinks,” Hawke said. “Coach K being a symbol of white excellence?” It’s almost as if he’s throwing spaghetti on the wall to see what hangs and makes Joey Reed happy instead of actual normal people of all ideologies and races.”

Jones previously hosted “High Noon” on ESPN, which launched with great fanfare in 2018 but was moved from noon to 4 p.m. and was scaled back from 1 hour to 30 minutes before being canceled in 2020. Prior to that, Jones hosted ” The Right Time with “Bomani Jones” on ESPN Radio, but this project has been removed from the platform and only lives as a podcast.

Bomani Jones feels that the Duke University men's basketball coach is Mike Krzyzewski

Bomani Jones feels Duke University men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is a “symbol of white excellence.”

Jones’ latest project, “Game Theory,” has taken him to HBO for a six-week inaugural season that ends on Sunday.

Outkick media columnist Bobby Burak described the show’s struggles in a scathing article titled “Season 1 of The Bomani Jones Show on HBO is an All-Time Disaster,” which pejoratively referred to “Game Theory” as “Race Theory” due to the host’s focus on venue The intersection of race and sport.

“The show is disastrous. Despite great promotional support, no one is watching. HBO is airing Jones’ channel live after its top-rated show, ‘Last Week Tonight’ with John Oliver, hoping that Oliver viewers will accidentally leave the channel while Burak writes: Race Theory.” On average, Jones misses an unprecedented 80% of his introduction’s viewership. Last Sunday, Jones averaged just 119,000 viewers, which is a 76% drop in Oliver’s audience.”

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Burak noted that “losing more than 3/4 of your core audience is not easy,” but Jones managed to do just that.

“HBO could have had someone read the newspaper and drew more than 119,000 viewers after Oliver,” he wrote. “Because Jones caused so many people to change the channel, he certainly didn’t attract any new viewers to HBO. Oliver was on the weekend beginning March 22, leaving Jones alone. How did he do that? Well, he didn’t do anything.” Without Oliver, Jones attracted 44,000 viewers. Even CNBC’s 2am “paid shows” performed better than Jones did.

Burak’s president, Outkick founder Clay Travis, is a critic of media personalities who inject race and politics into the sport. As a result, Jones was sometimes mocked for awkward comments he made during his time on ESPN.

Travis’ criticism drew criticism from Burak and questioned why the media industry had not “destroyed” Jones as it did when the HBO sports talk show Bill Simon failed in 2016.

“Bill Simmons, love him or hate him, is absolutely crushed by the number of people who watched his HBO show Any Wednesday,” Travis said before listing examples of clips from major news organizations that mocked Simmons’ viewing.


“However, other than OutKick and Bobby Burack, almost no media outlet has covered the debacle of Bomani Jones’ HBO ratings. So why do you think that?” asked Travis.

He answered his question.

“It’s the same reason Bomani Jones gets all the offers he’s ever gotten,” he said. “No one in the history of the sports media has ever failed more, been rewarded more than Bomani Jones and criticized less. Why is that? Because the media is afraid that if they criticize Bomani Jones, he will be called racist.”

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