Super Bowl sideshow of the day: Do players need media?

If there’s one thing people don’t much care for, it’s the media getting a little too full of themselves.

Saint Paul Pioneer Press writer Brian Murphy might have found that out when he weighed in Marshawn Lynch’s one-answer-for-every-question performance at Super Bowl media day.

Whether Lynch is a good guy or an example of inflated athletic egos is debatable. But Murphy suggested Lynch owed the media something because the media is responsible for Lynch’s lot in life.


Predictable online reaction predictably followed.

Of course at this point, it’s hard to tell who’s feeding off whom, but when ESPN ran away from a plan to be involved in an investigation of concussions in football a year ago, and then suspended an online writer who called commissioner Roger Goodell “a liar,” it provided a good spotlight who exactly needs whom in this relationship.

Curiously, the sideshow leading up to this year’s Super Bowl masks a fairly important fact: With the two best teams in the league facing each other, the game could possibly be one of the best ever.

  • Jack Ungerleider

    I doubt they’d be playing for $8/hour in a parking lot. If you go back to 1975 (basically pre-cable for most areas) the average salary was about $56,000 according to the only source I could find. Assuming only increases to keep up with inflation, that’s about $250,000 in today’s money. If you want to go back pre-NFLPA (or close to that) you can go back to 1970 and the average was $23,000 which translate’s to $140,000 today. So I suspect without the media of the last 40 years Lynch and his cohorts would be playing in College stadiums for an average of about $200,000/year.