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Sports media getting remade by the Web

 

Back in 2005, when I wrote about how the New York Times' ownership stake in the Red Sox impacts the Boston Globe, I wrote a sidebar describing how the hip blog Soxaholix and other new media elements were still mostly taking their cues from the traditional dead-tree press. 

More recently, though, we're seeing how the Internet is sparking some big changes to the sporting press.

Gordon Edes, formerly the Boston Globe's beat writer for the Sox, has joined Yahoo! Sports.

As my Boston Phoenix colleague Adam Reilly reports, Amalie Benjamin [pictured above] has gotten the nod to replace Edes.

And the Herald's Tony Massarotti takes on a new position as part of an expanded sports operation at the Globe's boston.com. The latter move -- one for which the ProJo's Sean McAdam was mentioned as a possible candidate -- was inspired in part by how Rob Bradford, another excellent Boston baseball writer, is taking a Web position at sports-talk leader WEEI. 

This dynamic represents another instance of the Internet's good news-bad news scenario: for sports fiends, there are more sources of info than ever before. Yet for the newspapers that pioneered sports coverage, there's more competition and a weakening base of advertising to help employ sportswriters and other scribes.

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