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The new free agents: sportswriters
2007-12-23 22:32
by Bob Timmermann

Richard Perez-Pena of the New York Times reports on the trend for online sites such as and Yahoo! Sports to hire away writers from what would normally be considered the top print publications. 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.”

2007-12-23 22:40:51
1.   Eric Enders
Yahoo also has the previous two L.A. Times Dodger beat writers, I believe, in Steve Henson and Tim Brown.
2007-12-24 07:44:55
2.   Vishal
yeah, but most sportswriters are terrible anyway, so does it really matter?
2007-12-24 09:39:28
3.   Penarol1916
Bob's favorite web magazine rightly points out that ESPN has been doing this for all of its media properties for years.
2007-12-24 09:59:12
4.   Suffering Bruin
Now I know why Bill Plaschke and TJ Simers have jobs at the LA Times. I thought it was because the LAT saw value in them. The truth is, nobody else will hire them.

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