As a form of entertainment, sports is a laughably unfair rival for its chief competitors: movies, television, video games, or any activity that only works with an audience.
Sports, from pee-wee to the pros, features all its rivals' best elements―passion, drama, emotional ties, amazing stories and characters you love and/or hate―and uses your sense of pride to crank the volume to 11 (out of 10, just so we're clear).
One aspect of the sports-fan experience that exemplifies all of these qualities is the people behind the competition—the human element.
There's a reason sideline interviews, postgame pressers and Super Bowl media day get almost as much attention as the game play. Sometimes the most headline-grabbing stories play out in front of a mic rather than on the field.