Wednesday, August 09, 2006

N.Y. Times Turns To Bloomberg To Fill Sports Section

Mayor Mike's Money Machine Migrates From Business Day As Gray Lady Tries To Do Sports On The Cheap
CJR Daily reports today on Bloomberg News' obsession with how often its dispatches appear in The New York Times biz section.
Wonder if Matt Winkler and his minions are as concerned about how their sports writers (yes, they do have them) make it into the Times, which has occasionally used Bloomberg for briefs, but little more.
So, it came as a bit of a shock to see most of the sports section's second page taken up by a long Bloomberg takeout about where the Achilles tendon implanted in Bengals QB Carson Palmer came from.
It was a nice piece of shoeleather from football beat writer Curtis Eichelberger [who got his byline knocked off in the Web version], the kind the Times might do if it wasn't being a big-time Scrooge with its sports budget.
This could be the next step in the ever-so-gradual shift by the Times to tap other sources besides the AP for news. Sometimes, the International Herald-Tribune scribes make it into print. Ditto, more sporadically, for reporters from the NYT regional papers in Florida.
As the belts get ever-tighter on West 43rd St., it wouldn't be far-fetched to see Boston Globe or Worcester Telegram product make its way south.
Which only bodes well for the Bloombergers, especially when they can provide the Times with a story nobody else has.

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