The Los Angeles Clippers blog CLIPSNATION reports this week that the LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS has not been staffing Clippers home games of late:
(Happier times, when Clips’ home game coverage wasn’t grounded)
When I noticed that the Daily News/Press Telegram ran an AP recap on a HOME GAME for the Clippers, I thought that it was possible that new Clippers beat reporter Ramona Shelburne had taken the long weekend off. Turns out, the Clippers win over the Bucks on Saturday was reported in the Daily News via the AP as well. And then I saw the really bad news - our beloved pest wasn’t on vacation on MLK day. In fact, she was working at Staples Center - filing a column on Kobe and the Lakers.
The LOS ANGELES TIMES and Daily News have been blowing off the Clippers’ road games for years, printing AP accounts instead. But not staffing home games? That’s a new thing for the Daily News. Safe to say the move is related to cutbacks at the newspaper.
The scary part of this for teams like the Clippers is, going forward, the ASSOCIATED PRESS covering everything under the sun is no sure thing either. The AP has been somewhat immune to the old media implosion so far because most local outlets continue to subscribe to the venerable news service to fill holes created by cutbacks.
But what if the AP cuts back too? Who would cover those scintillating Clippers-Grizzlies games?
It’s a sad prospect, but really an issue of supply and demand. There might not soon be a financial justification for main media to cover games that have so little interest. The result would be team employees providing game stories to fans, which is an idea that’s already floated by Mark Cuban. Read more…