So probably we should keep an eye on , if this list of is any indication of who’s who in sports journalism online. (Wow, Neal Scarbrough went to AOL? Happened in May.)
I went Googling around for sports blogs for a short while. I scanned though , which has a long interview right now with Dan Steinberg, a Washington Postie who writes the . It seemed pretty interesting — although that is quite hard for me to judge, as the only sports I care about are the Summer Olympics, the Tour de France, and any championship that has in it. This probably explains why I don’t understand why anyone would read — I don’t mean any disrespect; it’s just that I don’t see the appeal. (CNet wrote about SBNation back in January.)
What I do know is that sports fans tend to be fanatic about certain newspaper columnists — this is nothing new. It stands to reason that a sports columnist might take to blogging like a duck to water. But would that be true for any sports columnist? I’m clearly not the right person to ask.
In a recent post, Trevor Born of TwinsJunkie.com the skills of a bunch of Minneapolis Star Tribune sports bloggers:
Over the past few months, the Star Tribune has made a blogging interface on their website — and it has turned out to be a great decision. The writers who have decided to blog themselves have made it work by actually putting in the time to write everyday, in addition to their hectic writing-for-print schedules.
It all basically proves that they know a lot more about their sports than a lot of people would like to give them credit for, and in addition they have access to things no on-his-couch blogger could ever dream up.
This is good news — I think. What led me to this topic (obviously way outside my area of expertise) is the idea that certain things can be “owned” by a newspaper. Traditionally, the columnists who follow the hometown teams would fall into that category. Nobody outside Minneapolis is going to follow the Twins as well as the local sportswriters do, yes?
Well, here’s the question about SportsBlogs Nation: Could it turn out to be a Craigslist for sports columns? If not SBNation, then maybe . Because you don’t necessarily need the local newspaper. You just need a local, devoted fan who can write well.
Deadspin doesn’t look to be that kind of threat at all. It’s got a little basketball, a little NASCAR, and little golf … not the kind of team devotion that you see in a local sports column. And yet, it reportedly attracts 1 million unique visitors a month. Go figure.
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