Digital Challenges Rise After Daily’s Paywall

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By: Michael Depp |

As media watchers in Louisville, Ky., can tell you, not all of the interesting defections are happening in China these days.

Barely a week after the city’s daily paper, The Courier-Journal, erected its paywall in June, its wildly popular sports columnists, Rick Bozich and Eric Crawford, leapt over it and into the welcome embrace of WDRB, a Block Communications Inc.-owned Fox affiliate. The move effectively eviscerated the daily’s sports department — if temporarily — in this college sports-mad city where pigskin and hoops are rivaled in local hearts only by a little horse race-cum-bacchanal called the Kentucky Derby.

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