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SBD/Issue 72/Sports Media
TMZ Boss Hopes Planned Sports Side Provides Outsider Coverage
Published December 28, 2009
|SI Golf Editor Calls TMZ' Sourcing On
Tiger Woods Story "Beyond Flimsy"
WAVE OF THE FUTURE? In Detroit, Mitch Albom wrote over his years in the business, "when the game was over, when the quotes had been gathered, when the story had been written, I felt the job had been done for the day." Albom: "It wasn't my obligation to then follow the athlete into a bar or sneak around outside his hotel room. But I fear soon that's where 'sports news' may begin." Albom added, "Sex sells. Gossip sells. Bad behavior sells. The TMZ approach of capturing your worst moments and splashing them around the world will be a hard thing for more conservative news outlets to ignore" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 12/27). The GLOBE & MAIL's Bruce Dowbiggin wrote, "As the new decade begins, athletes are now grist for the paparazzi, and the food chain of sports journalism is scrambled beyond recognition" (GLOBESPORTS.com, 12/25).