by Forechecker on 01/13/09 at 03:26 PM ET
Thanks to a pointer from Ms. Conduct, we have news that the daily newspapers in the Dallas area are cutting and consolidating their sports coverage. The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram will divide up the sports duties between their staffs and share content with each other. DallasBasketball.com jumped on this story a few months ago, but yesterday the Dallas Morning News came forward with the details:
Beginning Feb. 1, The News will provide its beat coverage of the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars to the Star-Telegram.
In exchange, the Star-Telegram will share its Texas Rangers coverage with The News. The two will continue to cover the Dallas Cowboys separately.
The deal will allow the two largest North Texas newspapers to cut costs at a time of unprecedented business challenges. The troubled newspaper industry faces falling revenue, rising costs and the mass migration of readers and advertisers to online information sources…
The papers do not plan to share each others’ sports columnists, and columnists at both papers are expected to continue commenting on all local sports teams.
Mike Heika does a great job covering the Stars for the Morning News, so presumably his job is safe, but nothing specific regarding personnel has been made available yet. So far the ongoing crisis in the newspaper business has largely spared NHL coverage, but eventually, deep cuts affect all areas.
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