Hi folks Just wondering what the effect of the 'socialist' sports franchise systems in the U.S has on the reporting of sports teams in country wide media? There have been many complaints in the UK recently that the media coverage of soccer is leading to a vastly unfair playing field,as the number of column inches devoted to the 'larger' teams who have invested most in players has been substantially higher than the less supported, less well financed teams by a large degree. The general concensus seems to be gathering that this increased media attention leads to officials being unconsciously biased towards the larger teams. Obviously the media love to report on these teams - they have more fans and are more active in the player markets, so are easier to write about and will garner more viewers/readers. Is this similar in the U.S? Do some sports teams recieve a massive amount of coverage as opposed to others? I guess as most U.S sports involve much higher scores, the effect of officials making calls (rightly or wrongly) is lessened anyway. Are there any big examples of a particular sports team being favored in the media, and does there seem to be an effect on the field?