Richard Perez-Pena of the New York Times reports on the trend for online sites such as ESPN.com and Yahoo! Sports to hire away writers from what would normally be considered the top print publications.
ESPN.com has recently hired Howard Bryant, Mark Fainaru-Wada, Rick Reilly, Selena Roberts among many others. Yahoo has gone for cheaper names, but has hit the Los Angeles Times hard after hiring David Morgan of the Times to run its sports operation.
“When you lose an established star like Howard Bryant, it’s a terrible blow, because they’re not easily replaceable,” said Mr. [Emilio] Garcia-Ruiz of The [Washington] Post. “We’re used to being a destination, not a stepping stone.”