Was reading Deadspin, came across the article “What I Learned From A Year of Watching SportsCenter“.
All of BSP’s suspicions about biased sports media are correct.
1) Total bias towards pet players: The two top mentions of athletes belonged to LB James and Kobe Bryant. Three of the four belonged to NBA players. But to get perspective on this, consider the National Football League is by FAR more popular to the American public than the NBA. As for the NFL, Tim Tebow, a backup quarterback for the Jets, got more mentions than Tom Brady, a three-time Super Bowl champion and nearly universally acknowledged by the sane as one of the top five quarterbacks in the game. Aaron Rodgers, another of the top players in the NFL and recently listed as #1 in ProFootballTalk’s Top 100 players, was #20 in SportsCenter mentions.
2) Winning means nothing: Peyton Manning, who didn’t play the previous season, received more SportsCenter attention than Eli Manning, who started 2012 on his second Super Bowl championship team.
3) Bad News is avoided: Jerry Sandusky, who had a trial and went to prison, was less mentioned than Joe Paterno, who of course died.
4) There are not four major sports…there are only four sports, and barely four:
The two most common words mentioned with “hockey” were, of all things, the first names of SportsCenter anchors Linda Cohn and Steve Levy.
Tennis—all of it, the entire sport—got about half as much coverage as Mark Sanchez did all by himself, and he sucks.
Ha, ha, there might be some truth to that comment. One contributor made an interesting note; while the NFL dominated SportsCenter coverage, advertisements and commercials garnered more than 40% more time than any other sport.
As tired as we are of SportsCenter bias, we don’t look forward to people who bash ESPN as part of their routine. A few locals like to strike out at the “four letter”. Why don’t you stick to sports? That’s all people want!