Over-Analysis of Sports by Media Paper - Reid Worrel COMM-140 Dr Kurtz Are Sports Over-Analyzed In 1978 ESPN became the first all sports twenty-four

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Reid Worrel COMM-140 Dr. Kurtz Are Sports Over-Analyzed? In 1978, ESPN became the first all sports twenty-four hour network on television. Amidst many doubts, the network thrived, bringing in popular games, anchors, and athletes to discuss a wide variety of topics, all-relating to the sports world. Now, however, there are currently around one dozen networks on television that have twenty four-hour sports coverage. Ranging from the NBA network to ESPN Classic, viewers are now encompassed by a plethora of sports coverage every second of every day. To many, this seems like a dream come true. For example, can’t sleep at night and want to watch highlights of the day’s baseball games? You got it. Worked all day and want to catch up on the latest news in the NBA? No problem. Own a fantasy team and want complete up to date news on the busts, sleepers, and risks? Simple. However, while the large amounts of information may appear to be fantastic, this around the clock constant coverage may have some problems after all. In this essay, I will discuss some of the positives and negatives of this non-stop coverage. Furthermore, as a fan in today’s sports world, is the coverage overwhelming? Because there are so many networks, have attempts of certain shows and anchors to get coverage failed in entertaining? Have some parts of ESPN become just flat out stupid? Yet, while these questions may have differing opinions, through close examination of the networks, specific pieces of sport conversations, as well as sport anchors, an argument can be made. In today’s sport’s society, while the diverse amount of sport networks do bring some positives for fans and critics, there is a significant over-analyzation of sport to the point where discussions are beat into the 1
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ground, games are over hyped, and the entire idea of sports can become overwhelming. While this may be a difficult essay to write due to the lack of academic material on the subject, I think that it is an interesting one to bring to the table. In order to accurately write this essay, I will closely examine several of the sports networks today, examples of discussions that many feel were over-conversed, and lastly, articles in which authors seem to address a similar problem. However, in order to effectively begin the conversation, it is crucial to first understand the history of ESPN, the nation’s forefather of sport broadcasting. A couple of days ago, I asked three friends to tell me the first thing that comes to mind when I say “sports broadcasting.” Almost immediately, all three said ESPN. In today’s sports world, ESPN is a very dominant company with regards to sport highlights, games, and discussions. Therefore, a brief history of how the twenty-four hour sports network is necessary in order to get a full understanding of how it helped to develop the plethora of channels that we have today. The idea of ESPN was first pitched in 1978 by Bill and Scott Rasmussen, as well as insurance agent Ed Eagen. Bill Rasmussen, a highly
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