Originally posted on Around the Arc  |  Last updated 7/29/13
I wrote this up for Philly.com earlier this afternoon, so be sure to check out the original article here. Not that these results are a surprise.  LeBron James, on top of all the other accolades he has accumulated over the past 16 months, is Sportscenter’s most discussed athlete, according to a recent report published by Deadspin. James, whose Miami Heat have won back-to-back NBA titles, has been a top topic for all things ESPN since he entered the league as a highly-touted teen back in 2003. ESPN’s website even has an entire tab dedicated to the Heat team known simply as the Heat Index.James has been the most discussed and dissected athlete over the past decade, so his spot atop Sportscenter’s most mentioned list is not a surprise. The study, which spanned over a year’s worth of Sportscenter and calculated total mentions per player, demonstrated that ESPN may focuses slightly more on some sports tnd its athletes than others.  Out of the 12 top most mentioned athletes, eight were NBA players, three were NFL quarterbacks, and one, Tiger Woods, is a professional golfer. Players from the NHL and MLB were noticeably absent. The top 12 most mentioned athletes on ESPN’s Sportscenter over the past year were:1. LeBron James2. Kobe Bryant3. Peyton Manning4. Dwyane Wade5. Kevin Durant6. Tiger Woods7. Tim Tebow8. Tom Brady9. Jeremy Lin10. Derrick Rose11. Carmelo Anthony12. Dwight Howard
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