COUNTERPOINT: SPORTS JOURNALISM IS NOT DYING

Meet Michael Bradley. He is a faculty member at Villanova University and a guest blogger for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana. Today, Bradley published a column — Word to Wise for 2016: Beware Sports Journalism — and suggested that “the sports journalism landscape … is dying a slow, painful death.” Bradley supports his point by sharing depressing tales of layoffs, mergers (and subsequent cutbacks) and a rapidly shrinking job market.

Fair enough. The industry is changing. The sports journalism landscape is shifting — fast. In 2015,  jobs have been eliminated, and others have been created. But, “dying a slow, painful death?” I disagree.

JIM BOUTON ON BASEBALL

Jim Bouton pitched 10 years in the majors, but he is best known for his writing about the game. In his baseball classic, Ball Four, Bouton took fans on a journey inside the clubhouse of the 1969 Seattle Pilots. The book was the first of its kind, sharing many of baseball’s unspoken rules. Then commissioner, Bowie Kuhn called the book “detrimental to baseball” and tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying that the book was completely fictional. Bouton, however, refused to deny any of Ball Four’s revelations.