From: Warren Baumgart Sr.
Received: Aug. 5
When I pick up my paper at breakfast time I always start with the sports section.
Recently noticed a large change. Instead of four pages of sports you have two pages. Instead of featuring high school sports, which was one of the best moves The Republic made several years ago to increase readership, we now get features such as fishing, boxing, watering golf greens. I have seen articles by only one local sports writer and the sports editor. Other articles are Associated Press releases.
Does this all mean the staff has been drastically cut and I can continue to expect less coverage in the future?
The readers get a daily feature story on the Cincinnati Reds. How many Reds fans are there in Columbus? I would guess there are more Cub, Cardinal, White Sox and Yankee fans in Columbus. Mill Race Center used to sponsor two van trips a year to Reds’ games.
They have not done this for the last several years due to lack of interest.
Why not feature stories on other baseball clubs?
Another thing I noticed recently was that baseball standings are sometimes omitted, for lack of space I suppose. A real baseball fan really is being short- changed when that happens.
Under the column “Two Minute Drill — Todays TV,” which is available free on cable, satellite and TV, you list games shown on MLB, which is a subscription site.
You do not list games on CSN-Chicago (Comcast Sports Network), which is available free on cable and on satellite and features all Chicago sports teams, including Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks.
Maybe you could insert that listing and drop the MLB listing.
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