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Recession Hits Big Ten Football

by Ryan Hudson

Don't worry -- the games will continue, so if you love those 13-7 barn burners between Northwestern and Indiana, worry not. But there will be no more Ohio State or Michigan media guides in print.

In a cost-cutting move, Michigan and Ohio State will no longer print media guides for their sports teams. The universities announced Thursday in a joint statement that they will stop printing the guides immediately.

Michigan athletic director Bill Martin says the decision to stop printing the guides provided to members of the media is prudent given the recession and focus on new media.

What's this mean? Live-blogging media guides? Facebook groups? Player bios on Twitter? One can only hope.

I'll say this: as someone who, for a couple years, spent weeks writing and editing media guides, only to throw away a box of them at the end of the season, this is actually a pretty smart move by the Buckeyes and Wolverines. But man -- you haven't lived until you've published a squash brochure.

U-M to halt printing of sports media guides - Detroit News