Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Shrinking newsrooms put squeeze on MLB coverage

The financial struggles in the newspaper industry are affecting how baseball is covered on a daily basis. There are far fewer newspaper beat reporters, though some of the downturn in coverage is made up online.

This season, the Baseball Writers' Association of America experienced its biggest drop in membership in 15 years, says Jack O'Connell, the association's secretary-treasurer. He says the rolls dropped by 65 writers, more than five times the usual decline.

The drop — down to 725 members — comes even as the BBWAA loosened its rules for admitting online reporters, adding 22 in the past two years.

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