By Ken Reed

Lynn Zinser wrote an excellent obituary for the New York Times sports department yesterday. The Times management team inexplicably closed their sports department earlier this week.

Within her compelling commentary, Zinser captured the power of sports and the importance of sports journalism in these three sentences:

“Sports is overwhelmingly popular for a reason: it is real life drama, every day, without a script or a predictable conclusion. It’s full of true human effort, the kind that shows losing doesn’t equal failure, that trying against all odds is the courage everyone wants to emulate. Sure, it’s sometimes silly, overwrought, corrupt, overcommercialized, run by corporate robber barons, but that just as easily describes politics or business or any other ‘respectable’ news.”
— Lynn Zinser

Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans


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