Smelly McUgly wrote:Missing_Clink wrote: But the industry of pro football is built on media exposure, and that does include players being visible in the media.
It's built on the game of football, first and foremost. Obviously, the media outlets that show the games help grow exposure to the game of football, but it's not like those outlets aren't getting anything out of this arrangement (see ESPN's ridiculous carrier rates per subscriber for one example).
Football is a sport, just like water polo. Why don't water polo players make millions of dollars like NFL players? Because water polo isn't as popular. That popularity is manifested in the amount of media coverage and TV viewers a sport gets. Thats why Fox and CBS pay $$billions$$ to show NFL games, and why they still turn a profit showing those games thanks to advertising. My point is that Lynch makes the money he makes, and the media want to talk to him like they do because pro football is so popular. Without the media coverage it gets, it would be just another fringe sport like water polo. The game is built on the game, the industry is built on the media.