ESPN.com above the fold, 10:43 p.m., July 28, 2009:
Is game coverage no longer an essential part of ESPN.com’s sports reporting?
Yes, there’s a baseball scoreboard above the masthead, but in terms of articles on ESPN.com? Only one headline is about the result of a sporting match (“Phelps beaten buy world-record time in 200 free”).
Examples of what sports stories did merit prominent coverage:
- a washed-up quarterback is not coming out of retirement
- trial status for a football player who accidentally shot himself at a nightclub
- predictions of union talks
Did I catch the self-proclaimed “worldwide leader in sports'” website at an off moment or were ESPN.com’s editorial decisions the norm for sports reporting?