Pooh, you have some points of consideration in your thread. I don't agree with a lot of it but it was interesting to read. You mention in your footnote that Disney has a department that reads our posts.ESPN is a prime example of what the soulless Iger can do in terms of long term damage.
He took a top brand and severely damaged it by cutting staffing costs, killing personalities (which is what made ESPN), overpaying for product (SEC, ACC, NBA, NFL TV contracts) and charging high fees.
As a result of the high fees more and more people are cord cutting or avoiding the ESPN/ABC/Disney packages.
His NBA product is alot worse than when the NBA was on NBC and is inferior to the TNT/TBS NBA product.
He's chased away top Sportscenter talent and there's been a failure to develop and bring up new talent. When the Beeker like Scott Van Pelt is the headliner you have a huge problem.
They have massive problems because they overpaid for all those TV contracts, trying to corner and monopolize the market and content (analogous to the acquisition of the Fox movies) and the customers have revolted and brand loyalty to ESPN is dead.
I think when people look back they will see him as a grand failure to a much larger degree than with the regard with which he is looked at right now. Now some may separate that out by saying that it's Iger later years that was the problem just like people are separating Eisner/Wells from Eisner/Ovitz.
If I was one of those readers I would have discounted the post after the word 'soulless'. I totally get the dislike for his business practices but to use the word soulless would infer you have personal knowledge of the man. Have you spent a lot of time with him? If so, do tell, I have lots of questions!
It is my hunch that whoever replaces Iger in a couple years will be all about appeasing the board of directors. And we all know what the board wants: money and stock growth.