Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Sports Reporters

No Longer Fantasy: The High-Paid Journalist

From the Monday Times:

The competition for writers has even produced bidding wars, especially for big-name columnists like Rick Reilly (from Sports Illustrated to ESPN), Howard Bryant (from The Post to ESPN) and Selena Roberts (from The New York Times to Sports Illustrated) — but also for less widely known reporters. People who were briefed on the deals said that Mr. Reilly’s contract, easily the biggest of the recent signings, was worth more than $3 million a year.

“It’s the exact same model as what happened to athletes,” said Leigh Steinberg, a top sports agent. “We’re seeing free agency for sports journalists.”

He and Scott Boras, the agent for Alex Rodriguez and other stars, said that change had no doubt already produced an unnoticed milestone: In a sports locker room somewhere, in an interview between a prominent reporter and a low-level player, the scribe is the better-paid person in the conversation.


Yes, the athlete the lesser paid person! The athlete. Of course, this is the U.S., not Canada we speak of, and somehow I doubt the state of Canadian journalism as it stands now would allow for such a bizarre scenario.

--Czobit

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