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USA Today and MLB Launch ‘Sports on Earth’

USA Today and MLB’s Advanced Media team, have formerly announced the sports venture we’ve been hearing about for the past few months. Starting in late August, “Sports on Earth,” will bring readers “great sports writing from some of the most respected voices in the industry,” according to a release.

The name? Well, we’re not sold on it. The names behind Sports on Earth? Much, much easier to support. Steve Madden, the former Rodale digital expert is the general manager, and Sports Illustrated veteran Larry Burke is the editor-in-chief. Joe Posnanski, another talented SI vet, will be a full-time contributor, as will Gwen Knapp, Tommy Tomlinson and Shaun Powell. New York’s Will Leitch, another FishbowlNY favorite, will also showcase his work on Sports on Earth from time to time.

The first peek we get at Sports on Earth (the site has a fancy intro but not much else as of now) will be Olympic coverage, which will be available from July 27 to August 12.

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Joe Posnanski Departs Sports Illustrated

Joe Posnanski is leaving Sports Illustrated for a recently announced joint digital venture between USA Today and MLB. Posnanski had been with SI since 2009, and prior to that he was a writer for The Kansas City Star for 13 years.

The Big Lead reports that Posnanski hasn’t sorted out his exact departure date with SI yet, and he’s unsure what his exact role at the new venture will be.

Sports Illustrated Sr. Editor Joe Posnanski Talks About The Future Of Newspapers

posnanski.bmpToday, there is a Q&A on with Joe Posnanski, a senior editor at Sports Illustrated, columnist at The Kansas City Star, author and blogger. In addition to all his other jobs, Posnanski launched a blog called The Future of Newspapers, on which he obsesses about the future of the newspaper industry and where its all going.

While we were interested in Posnanski’s juggling of his many different roles, we were more intrigued by what he had to say about the future of the industry where he’s worked for years:

“I love newspapers, and even as I’ve gone on to work at Sports Illustrated, I still write for the Star because of the great people there and because I would like to be part of the fight. I don’t like when people get all pompous about journalism and when they start talking about how without [newspapers] there’s no democracy or anything like that. That sort of thing really bugs me. But, that said, I think newspapers have been such a part of communities for so long, and I don’t really see anything else that can do that or is willing to do that. I was hoping that we could create a conversation of what the newspaper can look like in the future.

‘Newspaper’ as a word could very well become as outdated as ‘album’ is when we talk about music. It doesn’t have to be paper to be a newspaper in my mind. When I think of newspaper, I think of something that gives you local news, local sports, the weather, all of these things that matter to us in our daily lives. It’s something that can give it to you in a one-stop shopping sort of way. I believe that people want that. I don’t think that the demand for that has gone down at all. I know that newspaper people in general like to beat themselves up about not keeping up with the times, and there’s no doubt some of that is true, but the big problem has been on the advertising side and on the circulation side of newspapers. The technology has changed, and because of that, the business model of newspapers is broken.

Just from the sports perspective, people in Kansas City don’t want to read any less about the Kansas City Royals, the Kansas City Chiefs, their local high schools, and Kansas-Missouri or Kansas State. They want to read more. They want more now than ever before. The demand is so high, why can’t we make this work? I think that we can, and I think we will. It’s just going to take a few breakthroughs in technology to figure out how to do it.”

Read more of Posnanski’s interview here