When it comes to sports coverage and bias in sports, there is no denying that there is a disparity between the coverage allotted to different sports and levels of play.
For example, when it comes to sports media coverage, professional sports tend to take the lion’s share of airtime, relegating collegiate and amateur sports to a tail end.
This dynamism has also raised issues of bias when it comes to how the two levels are covered.
Media coverage of professional sports tend to be more fleshed out, with entire broadcasts dedicated to a single game, or series of games, in some cases, while coverage of amateur and collegiate sports takes much simpler, more streamlined form.
This bias, which influences how viewers perceive and take in information, has caused a rift between the two levels of sports, giving the professional side a perception of superiority in comparison to the amateur side.
Additionally, amateur sports often fail to get the financial backing that their professional counterparts get, leading to a disparity between the two when it comes to resources and equipment.
This, in turn, negatively affects the quality of sports coverage in regards to amateur and collegiate sports, as well as giving people the false impression that amateur sports pales in comparison to its professional counterparts.
As such, it is important to ensure that coverage and resources are properly allocated so that all levels of sports are represented in the media and given an equal chance to prosper.