Yeah one problem there, where on that chart is it talking about the NHL, NBA and MLB. Your chart supports 2% of your argument since we're talking about sports and news in general.
. . Maybe thats why . . and maybe thats why you think being sarcastic is funny when youre being reckless with your conclusions. Dont worry Im laughing, but its more like one of those "hrmph" single chuckle laughs.
I'm still not sure what you're arguing. Do you really think that interest in sports hasnt increased over the last 15-20 years? Fantasy sports have gone from almost non-existent to a massive industry. People used to get all their sports news through established reporters on TV or in print media, now there are literally thousands of different sources you could go to to see an opinion.
Its not like no one is making money, but its just so easy to get specific information about your team that it is difficult for national news media to compete with someone who is writing specifically about the panthers, for instance. You mentioned that the national media could have covered TD's comeback instead of always talking about Cam, and sure, they could. But nobody outside of this region is really going to care that much, cause while TD was an amazing comeback story, he wasnt putting up JJ Watt numbers, meanwhile Peterson and Manning were going crazy and stealing all his injury comeback thunder. Its a story you can mention when you show Panthers highlights, but its not a great story for a national audience.
Journalism isnt declining, there is just less money for professional journalists and the national news guys
Oh and there is still a lot more interest in sports today. Thats the claim I made and its completely true, I dont really give a fug if you want to be argumentative about it. NBA franchises are up over 208% in value since 1998 (from here and here), and MLB franchises are up 160% in value since 2001 (here and here).