Vague Promise Of 'Web sites' Lures Journalism's Dumb To UnemploymentChildlike man Jay Mariotti has resigned as a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times after 17 years. This was probably a wise move, because he is hated by Chicagoans, Cubs fans, White Sox fans, sports fans, athletes, his own colleagues, and readers in general. But no, he's not going into the hair care industry; he's had a revelation that sports journalism has become "entirely a Web site business." Oh. Lord:
Just back from Beijing, where he covered the Olympics, Mariotti said in a phone interview that he decided to quit after it became clear while in China that sports journalism had become "entirely a Web site business. There were not many newspapers there." He added that most of the journalists covering the Games were "there writing for Web sites."
Is it just me, or do you get the sense that Jay Mariotti is not entirely clear what a "web site" is? Nevertheless, he's decided to resign "after signing a well-publicized three-year contract extension in June." His own paper's editor apparently found out about Mariotti's resignation when an outside reporter emailed him for a quote. Think he's kind of a dick? Hate on, haters. All you're doing is making him more famous. [Tribune; Everything you need to know about Jay Mariotti, at Deadspin]