10. Sports Reporting without Print Media
RCS: In the last few weeks, the Rocky Mountain News and the Seattle PI have ended their print publications. In Washington, Senator Ben Cardin has proposed legislation to bailout newspapers. You, on the other hand, have been an online columnist for almost a decade. Do you think sports reporting will suffer without print media?
Wetzel: Absolutely. You want as many people covering stuff, different perspectives and different ideas on things. As a consumer, why would I not want that? I live in Detroit, and the mayor of Detroit was thrown in prison and taken out of office not because of an FBI investigation, but because of the Detroit Free Press. So you want those guys there, whether or not you like everything they do.
The more newspapers and the more media covering things, the better. Obviously it’s different, political corruption than sports corruption. Some coach breaking NCAA rules really doesn’t matter.
I think one of the beauties of the Internet has been more perspective. More sites like yours. More sites for people to offer opinion or statistical analysis or whatever is really needed. It’s a great thing. Same as having more newspapers.