BloggingFebruary 26th, 2013 by terrybenish
Changes in policy regarding local newspapers require some comments. From time to time I have either linked or suggested people read some Seattle Times baseball content. Primarily work done by Geoff Baker and occasionally Larry Stone and Jerry Brewer. In similar veins I have linked the former baseball columnist for the Tacoma News Tribune Larry Larue.
Both papers have announced a pay per view policy for their online paper. TNT’s policy does not cover some of the current baseball stuff and if relevant I will still link. The Times is going dark here in the middle of March. I will not link or copy to their stuff any further.
This is not a comment on their business decision, which is their right to make, rather I don’t and won’t push anyone towards a pay per view site, such as ESPN’s Buster Olney, nor do I want to run afoul of the Times in any sense.
Newspapers are struggling around the country and world. That they need to do this is due to a decline in their ad revenue. Their ad revenue is down because fewer and fewer people read printed newspapers anymore and as I understand it, there is a very small amount of ad revenue from online versions of the paper.
I will continue to link to other writing on baseball to advance the discussion.
Geoff Baker works his fanny off and while some of the stuff he comes up with are misses, it’s not for a lack of effort. His work has provided a good foil at times and I will miss it.