Jay Mariotti, the opinionated and polarizing sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, told the Chicago Tribune he resigned on Tuesday after 17 years with the paper.
Just back from Beijing where he wrote about the Summer Olympics, Mariotti said in a phone interview Tuesday night that
he decided to quit after it became clear while in China that sports journalism had become "entirely a Web site business. There were not many newspapers there.'' He added that most of the journalists covering the Games were "there writing for Web sites.''
Mariotti, whose public battles with fellow staffers, team owners, and rival columnists are legendary, didn't disclose any specific plans except to say he will continue doing his regular stint on ESPN's "Around the Horn.''
He said that he "is talking with a lot of Web sites'' and added that the future of his business "sadly is not in newspapers.''
"To see what's happened in this business...I don't want to go down with it.''
Jay's usually full of crap, and it's unlikely that he's actually telling the truth here and more likely he's looking for more money elsewehere or had a falling out with the paper's editors, but he might have a good point. What's the future of newspapers? Not much of one in the physical form I'd say.
Jay's free to move on since he has ESPN money and maybe that's what the future really is for newspapers- a stepping stone gig to give you credibility so you can then move on to bigger and better things as a basic cable talking head bloviator.