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Sporting News (previously The Sporting News, and known colloquially as TSN) is an Americanmarker-based sports magazine. It was established in 1886, and it became the dominant American publication covering baseball — so much so that it acquired the nickname "The Bible of Baseball". Along with its affiliated radio network, Sporting News Radio, it is currently owned by Charlotte, North Carolinamarker-based American City Business Journals, Inc.

The main sports SN currently covers are Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, NASCAR, and NCAA basketball and football, with occasional coverage of other sports.

Following 122 years of existence as a weekly publication, the magazine switched to a bi-weekly publishing schedule in 2008. Earlier that year, it launched a daily online newspaper, Sporting News Today.

History

TSN was founded by Alfred H. Spink, a director of the St. Louis Browns and former writer for the Missouri Republican daily newspaper. Each number was 17 by 22 inches, eight pages, price five cents (Cooper 1996). The Browns were champions of the American Association, one of two major leagues in baseball, with a claim to the championship of the United States or the world based on the disputed 1885 World Series contest with regional rival Chicago, and the undisputed 1886 winner. Meanwhile the sporting weeklies Clipper and Sporting Life were based in New York and Philadelphia. By World War I, TSN would be the only national baseball newspaper. Al Spink had long turned it over to his brother, first hiring Charles as business manager, then selling his stock, and finally departing from writing and editorial work in 1899 (Cooper 1996).

Throughout much of the 20th century TSN was decidedly non-glamorous, consisting of black-and-white newsprint with staid graphics. However it was the only vehicle for serious sports fans to follow teams from around the nation. For example, each week it printed a box score and blurb for every baseball game played in the major leagues and numerous minor leagues. Similarly, every issue had a report on each major league baseball team, usually written by a local newspaper's beat writer for that team. Franklin Gritts, the Cherokee artist, served as TSN's art director from the early 1950s to the mid-1970's.

The Spink family sold TSN to Times Mirror in the late 1970s.

With the advent of national sports media in the 1980s such as USA Today and ESPN, and of comprehensive web sites run by the major sports leagues in the 1990s, TSN lost this unique role. Consequently, it evolved into more of a conventional, glossy sports magazine in both appearance and contents. Box scores disappeared from its pages in the late 1980s, but were still made available to subscribers in a separate publication for an undetermined period of time afterwards. The online SN Today revived the tradition of publishing boxscores in its virtual pages.

In 2001, the company acquired the One on One Sports radio network, renaming it Sporting News Radio. The same year, it was purchased by Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc.

In September 2006, American City Business Journals, Inc. acquired TSN and its online division. With the change in ownership, the company ceased most of its book publishing efforts. The 2006 Baseball Guide, a TSN annual in one form or another since the 1920s, was its last. The 2007 Baseball Register, an annual since the early 1940s, was its last. The 2007 Baseball Record Book was only available online, as a download. None of these guides were published in 2008.

In April, Jeff D'Alessio was appointed editor-in-chief of Sporting News magazine and Sporting News Today. D'Alessio came to Sporting News from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he'd served as college and Sunday sports editor, deputy sports editor and senior editor/days. It is Alessio's second stint with SN after previously serving as a senior editor with SN's website from 2000–02.

As part of the summer 2008 staff overhaul, Sporting News named three managing editors — Paul Kasko (SN Today), Dan Graf (SN magazine) and Marcus DiNitto (sportingnews.com).

Sportsman of the Year

Since 1968, the magazine has selected one or more individuals as recipients of this honor. On four occasions, the award has been shared by two recipients. Twice, in 1993 and 2000, the award has gone to a pair of sportsmen within the same organization. In 1999, the honor was given to a whole team. No winner was chosen in 1987.

On December 18, 2007, the magazine announced New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as 2007 Sportsman of the Year, making Brady the first to repeat as a recipient of individual honors. Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals was also honored twice, but shared his second award with Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs.



Major-league baseball awards

SN sponsors its own annual Player, Pitcher, Rookie, Reliever, Comeback Player, Manager, and Executive of the Year awards. Prior to 2005, the SN Comeback Player Award was generally recognized as the principal award of its type, as MLB did not give such an award until that year.

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References

  • Cooper, Mark (1996). "Alfred Henry Spink". Baseball's First Stars. Edited by Frederick Ivor-Campbell, et al. Cleveland, OH: SABR. ISBN 0-910137-58-7


Footnotes

  1. The Sporting News Player of the Decade. The Sporting News, July 12, 1999. TSN.sportingnews.com. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
  2. Gonzalez, Alden, "Pujols is TSN's Player of the Decade: Slugger topped a .300 average in each of his nine seasons", Sept. 24, 2009. St. Louis Cardinals official website; MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
  3. Stone, Larry, "Ichiro on Sporting News All-Decade team. Who is the Player of the Decade?", The Seattle Times, Sept. 24, 2009. The Seattle Times Co. Retrieved 2009-09-26.

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