Mainstream media hype is here to stay. With Twitter, the Internet in general, and 24/7 sports news, we are immersed in sports headlines like never before.
While it could be debated that no one outside of the management staff for our sports leagues and teams actually needs information at the speed of light, there is an inherent excitement for reporters in breaking the story first and fans in reading/hearing it first.
Once that hype machine gets churning, it is unstoppable.
Though it was tough to keep this list to just 10 teams and athletes, that was the route I chose. Keep in mind that over-coverage to the degree we are currently seeing is a relatively new phenomenon.
ESPNEWS launched in 1996. Broadband Internet was beginning to be more accessible, especially for people in my generation at school.
Now, we can receive updates and watch video clips virtually in real time in the palms of our hands. The teams and athletes that follow are the ones we’re tired of having appear in those updates.
But like Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III, they keep pulling us back in.