Rats Abandoning Ship
Love him or hate him, he always provoked discussion. Which is his job after all:
- Jay Mariotti, the opinionated and polarizing sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, told the Chicago Tribune he resigned on Tuesday after 17 years with the paper.
- Commenting on his 17 years at the paper, Mariotti said he loved every minute of it. But he said that with the troubled times newspapers face, it was time to consider a new future.
- "I'm a competitor and I get the sense this marketplace doesn't compete,'' he said. "Everyone is hanging on for dear life at both papers. I think probably the days of high stakes competition in Chicago are over.
"To see what's happened in this business...I don't want to go down with it.''
Anyone paying attention has seen what Zell is doing to the Tribune and the Sun Times is currently on the block for pennies per share. We figure it's only a matter of time before Chicago joins the ranks of one-newspaper towns. Whether it's a merger or an out-and-out bankruptcy, we'll see. At this point, we aren't shedding any tears over it. The dead-tree media has been circling the drain for a while now. Whether or not Mariotti is provoking discussion or having a hissy fit, it shows where the media is heading.