Could The Globe & Mail Farm Out Its Sports Section


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So, I’ve been hearing drumbeats for several weeks that things could be getting interesting at the Globe and Mail as it relates to their sports section. Then, last week news broke that David Walmsley was rejoining the paper as editor in chief. Last nightI was hearing more and more that things could be happening with the sports section, to be clear not one source implied that anything was imminent nor were any dates given to me.

So here are the things that I’ve heard from multiple sources that are being considered:

First, the section could be dramatically downsized, the number everyone keeps suggesting is 2 pages.
Second, that Shawna Richer, Sports Editor could be taking on a writing role as opposed to an editorial role.
Third that idea of farming out the sports section entirely to say Rogers or TSN has been at least contemplated.

Now, I will say this, I learned late last night the Walmsley, the new Editor in Chief is a fan of the sports section and that indeed there is a larger meeting at the Globe today, which could be the reason that there has been so much chatter leading up to today. That isn’t to suggest that anything is going to happen soon or be announced at the meeting today. All I am telling you is that lots of tongues are wagging and they are, for the most part telling me the same thing. Where there is smoke there is usually fire. It certainly will be interesting to see where this goes.

It wasn’t all that long ago that the Globe Sports section had some of the more respected writers (like them or not) on their roster including, Stephen Brunt, Jeff Blair, Eric Duhatschek, James Mirtle, David Shoalts, Alan Maki, Michael Grange, William Houston, Tim Wharnsby, Matt Sekeres to name but a few. Who of that list is left? Eric Duhatschek, James Mirtle and David Shoalts with the odd column remaining from Roy MacGregor. (apologies if I left anyone off

What a difference a few months make.


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