Originally Posted by gonelong
I always felt that newspaper circulation relied pretty heavily on the boxscore.
Most of the gents that I know will check out the headlines on the front page and head directly for the sports section. Back in the day the only place to get the boxscore was in the paper. Then ESPN came along and you could get much of the info there, however, not all. I think that only increased my anticipation of the morning paper to see what the rest of my fantasy team (not covered by ESPN) had done the night before.
Flip to now and I couldn't even tell you if my newspaper has boxscores in it, though I suspect it does. Before the paper comes I could check any number of websites to get the detailed info or follow my fantasy team in real-time (if I had one), or receive a text message, or check it on the mobile, etc.
This alone has killed, is killing, and will be killing a lot of the demand for newspapers IMO.
I used to love the compiled stats that would be in the Sunday paper. It would have individual batting stats, ranked by batting average, and it was the only place you could easily go back in the day for team batting and pitching stats, ranked with the other teams in the league. My dad would get so ticked off, waiting for me to finish, so he could take it for his morning constitutional- "are you finished studying that thing yet?!?"
The world is rapidly changing. I still read the Reds beat writers, every single day, yet never pick up a newspaper.