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Volume 24 No. 156
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Weekend Hot Reads....

The N.Y. TIMES' Jonathan Mahler writes under the subheader, "How Baseball Lost Its Place In American Culture." Baseball has "been free of labor strife for nearly 20 years," and has "more exciting young stars" now than in a while. It also "has even achieved that elusive 'competitive balence.'" So "why does it feel so irrelevant?"

BUZZFEED.com's Steve Kandell wrote of ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, "To some, he’s an endlessly illuminating source of sports-business infotainment, a self-styled reporter for the social media age; to others, he is the embodiment of corporate greed and cultural ruin." In short, Rovell has become "sports media's biggest lightning rod."

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