By: E&P Staff
The Chicago Sun-Times today announced that it had agreed to a contract extension with sports columnist Jay Mariotti that would keep him at the paper through 2011.
The announcement was made by Sun-Times editor in chief Jay Cooke. “Chicago is a die-hard sports town,” Cooke told the Sun-Times, “and Jay is a focal point of our strong, award-winning team that produces simply the best sports news in print and online anywhere.”
Mariotti has been a columnist at the Sun-Times since 1991, and is the longest-running featured sports columnist in Chicago. In addition to his duties at the Sun-Times, he is a regular panelist on the ESPN show “Around the Horn.”
“The Sun-Times sports franchise is a robust, influential brand locally and nationally. It’s the one place for independent, politically unimpeded sports commentary in Chicago,” Mariotti told the paper. “The Sun-Times provides for a strong base from which to connect with readers while I continue my television work and branch into other broadcast and Web ventures.”