The New York Times will subcontract its sports coverage to The Athletic, the money-losing web site it acquired for $550 million.
The Times' small squad of sportswriters will move to other departments to write about sports' intersection with business, culture, blah, blah, blah.
Once the Times had Red Smith, George Vescey, William Rhoden, Dave Anderson. They wrote about the beauty of sports.
The Times' shuttering of its sports desk continues a trend of newspapers giving up once core functions as print dies and the digital age advances into an uncertain future.
Here in Atlanta, the AJC now gets most of its arts coverage from the web site ArtsAtl. So much for a diversity of critical voices.
The Athletic began with a splash of venture funding, seeking to upend daily newspapers' sports coverage and hiring away local columnists and beat writers.
Former AJC columnist Jeff Schultz opines about Atlanta teams for the Athletic. Former AJC Braves writer David O'Brien writes about the team for the Athletic.
Under the new Times framework, Schultz and O'Brien's stories likely will run again in the AJC, if available from the Times' wire service.
Maybe the AJC won't even need to cover the Falcons, Braves and Hawks. The AJC can too depend on the Athletic.
Like other newspapers, the AJC has severely cut game coverage in its print newspaper, which now has restrictive early deadlines. I've slowly come to accept reading day-after game accounts in the digital AJC, under the now prevalent "five take-aways" format.
AJC beat writer Justin Toscano writes engaging feature stories and well as covering team news.
The AJC significantly boosted its print newspaper recently by again running box scores of major league games, as well as line scores. The newspaper's timely and informative stats section also runs a list of league leaders in batting and pitching. The newspaper even runs scores of minor league games.
It's fun to know how the Asheville Tourists and the Sugar Land Space Cowboys are doing this summer.
And how the Chicago White Sox's shortstop is hitting.