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Why Mainstream Sports Media Today Is Producing a Lot of Low-Quality Content

Ryan Beltran

Posted on April 16, 2021 06:33

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Sports Journalism continues to grow in many ways. While many high-quality and interesting innovations have emerged, there has been a lot of sensationalism in the current state of Sports Media that can bring negative energy to the players, fans, and sports reporters alike.

The growth of sports media has been apparent from the early days of beat reporting to the emergence of major sports networks and the rise of online digital content, which has influenced the current state of media today.

As it is with many other media-related endeavors, the impact of digital media in covering all kinds of sports news has brought many positives to how people can access information about their favorite sports. Obviously, the amount of content has become more easily accessible compared to before and the type of content has continued to adapt to the recent shifts of society. 

You're left with tons of options from looking at Twitter, mainstream sports channels like ESPN, high-quality digital sports media websites, and even gaining updates on news stories from places like Instagram and YouTube. Even then, there are, of course, negative side effects resulting from the constant change in how sports news is presented.

As someone who consumes a decent amount of sports content, the biggest issue is the insistence of reporting the news just for the sake of it. There doesn’t seem to be any accountability of making sure that what is reported is factual.

You can argue that this is also noticeable in other forms of journalism, but in sports, reporters have made it a habit to become less respectful to the strict traditional model of fact-checking and being devoid of an agenda to stir attention from the masses.

For instance, early morning and afternoon debate shows, like FS1’s Undisputed or ESPN’s First Take, have analysts like Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith, Shannon Sharpe, who have been notorious for saying their opinions in a way to dramatize and exaggerate anything that is trending in the sports world.

Another example is if an athlete is answering questions during a postgame interview, many credited reporters of the national and local news media could misinterpret certain quotes from these athletes' mouths. These reporters could nitpick what a player said, then tweet and write an article in a sensational way with the intention to stir controversy and gain attention.

I’m not saying reporters just lie about everything they say, but they can sometimes twist certain reports that can make a situation seem much bigger than they actually are.

Whether it’s negative or positive, today's sports media influencers and journalists can be dishonest, and they may shift away from reporting the accurate truth like they should be responsible for.

Overall, the current landscape of sports media has become a polarizing entity, with a culture that creates unnecessary drama for mass audiences.

There are many arguments to defend how things have changed in journalism, but the increased push for clickbait headlines has affected the simple way of learning about what is happening currently in sports without any of the low-effort reporting that is made for profit, rather than putting quality and fair content for readers.

 

Ryan Beltran

Posted on April 16, 2021 06:33

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