No crying in baseball

Dateline: Thu 08 Apr 2010

Although one reader is lamenting the decision by the Indianapolis Star to forego any real coverage of major league baseball, and instead simply run a stats sheet from USA Today.

The info appears on page B6 of the Star.

What next?



Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

What's next? USA Today is buying content from Demand Media. The Star could put out the whole paper that way!

2010-04-08 20:29:34

ruthholl [Member] said:

You said a mouthful.
I know some months back, they had dummy pages of USA Today prototypes, floating around the newsroom...sort of like the pods in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."

2010-04-08 20:34:10

starmanz1228 [unverified] said:

Once baseball season starts I want to skip everything on the front page and read the baseball news only to be disappointed. The Star's baseball coverage is pathetic.

2010-04-08 23:12:28

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

I hear ya, Starmans....but, a question:

Reader surveys often predate these decisions. 'm betting that baseball coverage is very popular with you and me, but not so much among most readers.

Just askin'.

2010-04-09 06:15:11

Tom Greenacres [unverified] said:

Star sports is focused on the Colts...because that coverage sells ad space. You only have to look at the relentless "special" Colts sections to realize that ad revenue drives coverage.

The Star used to cover auto racing. Doesn't so much, anymore. In The Day, the Star and the News did a good job of covering racing in depth; now they send Cavin out occasionally, use handouts (and bury F1 results on page 3).

2010-04-10 07:01:32

Marycatherine Barton [unverified] said:

There are trillion dollar wars going on, that are not getting covered, and yet people worry that Gannett Star is not doing a good enough job covering baseball.

2010-04-12 04:31:08

Tom Greenacres [unverified] said:

"There are trillion dollar wars going on, that are not getting covered,"

The Star has foresworn national news coverage. It runs bites provided to USAT/Gannett, which asks, "why run a story when a colorful graph can give you what you need to know in a simpler, cheaper manner?"

I can wax long and loudly about the trivialization of our national preoccupations, as I have a son in Kabul and would much rather read some intelligent new reporting than sitck and ball scores. TV makes matters worse: so much noise, so much wasted promise.
I recommend The Economist if you want to know what's going on.

2010-04-12 15:00:45

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