Tribune Co. Consolidating National Sports Beats

By: Joe Strupp Tribune Co. is reportedly in the midst of consolidating sports coverage on national beats across its daily newspapers, much the way it has in Washington bureau reporting, according to Crain's Chicago Business.

"How many people can you have at a Super Bowl when you don't have a team involved?" Chicago Tribune assistant managing editor for sports Mike Kellams said in a Crain's story. "Everyone's reserves are down. We had to look at ways to reorganize how we do things."

It notes that the Chicago Tribune's Phil Rogers, who covers baseball, and Shannon Ryan, on national college basketball, will continue on their beats. But Tribune national NFL and college football writers will give up those beats to two staffers at the Los Angeles Times.

"The L.A. Times didn't get everything they wanted, and we didn't get everything we wanted," Kellams said in the story. "We had to make some tough decisions."

Asked about the loss of a local perspective on some national beats, Kellams told Crain's: "There's something to be said for that. But, I'd be more concerned if we didn't send [a local reporter] to the NFC North camps. But we are going to send him to those camps ... I think we'll be fine."


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