The award is named in honor of the late Tom Borrelli, who covered the Buffalo Bandits for The Buffalo News from the team’s inception in 1992 until 2008. Borrelli passed away in November 2008 after an accident that took place while he was covering a high school football game in Buffalo. In 2007, Borrelli had become the first media member to be recognized by the NLL Hall of Fame for contributions to the game.
The Tom Borrelli Award is determined by a vote of the league's team public relations personnel. Originally presented to the league’s Writer of the Year, the award’s title was changed to Media Person of the Year in 2011 to allow for a wider range of media members to be considered for the award.