It seemed only a matter of time for ESPN’s favorite poster boy, Tim Tebow to appear on the front page of its website. As Tebow arrived at the New York Mets training facility in Port St. Lucie, FL, he was met by a throng of reporters. And it also meant that he would make an appearance on ESPN.com’s front page.
Now, ESPN can certainly put anyone it wants on its front page, but it seems whenever there’s an opportunity to splash Tebow on its website, his picture will be featured prominently, like here on the main site:
And there’s this on its MLB page:
The chances of Tebow of making the Mets are slim and there’s no doubt he warrants coverage, but does it mean to put him on the front page each time? Granted, ESPN loves Tebow to the point that it has him an as employee on the SEC Network, but what about other minor leaguers trying to make it to the show?
We’ve seen entertainment media outlets latch onto certain celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Aniston and others to help drive their traffic. ESPN will tell you its coverage of Tebow is justified seeing how he moves the needle in both terms of traffic and ratings. But it’s one thing when he’s steering Florida in the SEC or in the NFL, and another now as an ex-quarterback/MLB hopeful. You can be assured that as Tebow continues to make moves in Spring Training and possibly on the minor league level, ESPN will be there to chronicle every move on the front page of its website.