Found January 23, 2012 on
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Does ESPN have an East Coast bias?
Not really if you believe Deadspin. The San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh made headlines -- on the West Coast only presumably -- early in the NFL season when he complained that the NFL Network and ESPN did not cover his team despite its early success.
Deadspin tracked what teams, athletes and sports ESPN mentioned the most in its 11 PM Eastern show during the weeks of Jan 7. to Jan. 18 to see if the network really had an East Coast bias.
The semi-regular feature was aptly named "Bristolmetrics" and the results were not too surprising.
The San Francisco 49ers were not mentioned very often, while the NFL dominated ESPN's coverage. One 49er did get a lot of coverage and that was Alex Smith, but his name was not mentioned nearly as often as some other quarterbacks. But he was mentioned more than Eli Manning.
The results are below:
TIME DEVOTED TO INDIVIDUAL SPORTS
NFL: 225.5 minutes (40.2%)
NBA: 106.5 (19%)
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