Originally Posted by medford
The media doesn't play to the "sports nerd" like myself and presumably most on this board. It plays to the casual fan who tunes in to watch a game and tunes back out afterwords. Doesn't really care about the history, doesn't care how many homers Babe Ruth hit, or Jim Brown ran for. They only care for what they see today and then move forward with life.
ESPN used to have a show where it would purport to rank the top 20 teams, players, etc. in various categories (maybe it still has the prgram on ESPN Classic, which I no longer get). The show was extremely short on analysis and for the most part poorly done, but one thing I noticed was a clear bias towards more recent teams and athletes, other than perhaps the 1927 Yankees. I think one reason for this was the lack of good video footage of older teams/athletes, and the video that was available was black and white, not color.
The Super Bowl has always been played in the color TV era, so it helps the media focus on that era while ignoring anything than happened before 1966.