I counted the people surrounding Head Coach Mike Shanahan at his opening camp press conference, and there were 51 members of the press in attendance at that time.
Generally when the numbers are that high, it suggests a large number of national press (from outside Denver) in attendance. The fact that everyone in that group was local/regional only makes the high number stand out more.
Of course, the Broncos remain as the number one sports story in Denver pretty much all the time, certainly during the period from camp through season’s end, but also when something big happens in the offseason.
Still, this is remarkable considering that so many things have changed in the last 15 years — we now have a major league baseball team, a hockey team, a soccer team, along with developing sports such as professional lacrosse.
With that change in the landscape, one might expect that the Broncos’ share of the pie should be shrinking. But it seems as if there are two pies, the never-changing, ever expanding Bronco pie, and the other pie, which is being split up various ways.