Local newspapers' sports power was already under erosion on other fronts, besides ESPN: SB Nation has put together the best collection of team-based blogs found online, across every sport, in every market, with coverage that -- yes -- complements local news, but also goes a long way to displace it. Its distribution deal with Yahoo -- itself a traffic firehose -- amplified that power exponentially.
Ultimately, fans just want to see this team win. Once that happens, we'll all feel more appreciated.
I think this is one step too far with the ads.
The newsletter, Arrowhead Pride, goes through the Chiefs' first three rounds of the draft for the past seven years. Fifteen players were drafted on defense...which now rates last in the league. What happens? Does an evil genie hand them a magic potion when they get there?
Fake Teams, SB Nation's blog dedicated to fantasy sports, was interviewed on Fantasy Focus with Jeff Erickson on XM Radio's MLB Homeplate