Jul 23, 201210:26 AM
The Editor's Room
Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde
The Times-Picayune Fiasco: The Newhouses vs. the Saints
On Sunday, Sept. 30, the Saints will play the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay. It will be a huge game. The next morning, Oct. 1, the folks in Green Bay, a much less populated town than New Orleans, will be able to pore over the statisitcs and read the recaps in their morning paper, The Press Gazette. The fans in 29 of the other 30 NFL markets will be able to do the same with their daily newspaper. The only exception will be in New Orleans where fans will face the first day when the Newhouses, in their skewed vision of the future, will deny us newspaper coverage. As of that day, the Saints will be in the only major league market without a daily newspaper.
Meanwhile the Newhouses can read about the Giants and the Jets and, if they give a damn, the Saints, in The New York Times, the New York Post or any of several greater New York and New Jersey dailies.
What the Newhouses hope is that on that day New Orleans sports fans will rush to their iThings and read about the game online. What they are overlooking is that there will be many other web-based options, including TV sites (which will have the advantage of professional video), for the fans to go to. The geniuses in Jersey will have transformed what was once the prime local news source into another app button to push.
And in case you didn't hear, this is supposed to be good for us.