The Dallas Morning News pours more Fuel into esports coverage firestorm 8/6/19

The Dallas Morning News announced Monday that it will launch coverage of the Dallas Fuel professional esports franchise within the SportsDay area of its digital products, found at: https://dallasnews.com/esports. The team, headquartered in Dallas and owned by esports organization Envy Gaming, is a founding member of the 20-team Overwatch League. The News intends to provide intensive, digital-only coverage as the team enters the final weeks of the regular season.

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With sports, local newspapers try 'unbundling' the subscription 7/9/19

The rookie campaigns of many newspapers' digital sports subscriptions are over. Now comes the work of developing the standalone subscription products into long-lasting sources of revenue.

After the success of The Athletic proved that sports coverage is a passion area that can drive people to take out their wallets, newspapers carved out their sports coverage as discrete subscription products. The bet is these products, while priced lower than a full digital subscription, will draw in sports fans who primarily rely on the publication for sports coverage versus, say, city hall reporting. Newspaper publishers ranging from Hearst to McClatchy to The Dallas Morning News all piled into the space, and upstart news publications such as the Daily Memphian, which launched in the fall of 2018, did too.

For example, McClatchy, which has put a sports content product called SportsPass out in 10 of its 30 markets since launching its first in August 2018, is figuring out how to expand SportsPass past its core offering of unlimited access to that market's sports content for $30 per year. It is kicking around ideas ranging from conference calls with reporters to exclusive livestreams on Facebook, Miami Herald managing editor Rick Hirsch said.

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Branding high school football 6/25/19

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

Attach the newspaper's name and brand to the local high school football rivalry game, and you have the Citizen Tribune Kickoff Classic in Morristown, Tenn.

The two high schools serving Morristown and Hamblen County, the East Hurricanes and the West Trojans, play the game, sell the tickets and provide the concessions. The Citizen Tribune sells everything else, from souvenirs to Jumbotron ads to time-out sponsorships.

"They play anyway. We just make it a much bigger deal," said Mike Walker, sales and marketing director for the paper.

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AP to add automated stories previewing NHL games 3/12/19

The Associated Press has begun previewing all National Hockey League games with data-driven text stories generated by automation from HERO Sports and data from Sportradar.

AP staffs all 1,250 NHL regular-season games and all playoff games each season, but the global news agency has never before delivered previews of every game.

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It's almost here: March Madness bracket and coverage pages 3/11/19

Starting with a NCAA Hoops bracket page, the Center for News & Design can provide SNPA member newspapers with regional playoffs and paginated page coverage all the way through the NCAA playoffs, up to the Final Four weekend.

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AP to preview every NBA game with automation from HERO Sports, data from Sportradar 1/22/19

Working with automation from HERO Sports and data from Sportradar, The Associated Press has announced that it will offer data-driven text stories previewing all National Basketball Association games.

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Playoff and World Series preview and coverage pages, plus NFL/college pages 10/2/18

Major League baseball playoffs and World Series previews and coverage are available from the GateHouse Media Center for News & Design.

The Center for News & Design is offering an advance page before the playoff games, the division series and the World Series – a total of five pages.

Each night there is a playoff game, a half-page wrap up will be available with stats, data and other info.

Newspapers can enhance their coverage and save staff time and effort with these ready-to-use pages.

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UF masterclass opens pipeline for students interested in esports careers 10/1/18

For students interested in careers in the business side of esports, the path has been murky, at best. On Sept. 21, the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications teamed with sports marketing pioneer Dr. Marc Williams and Collegiate Starleague (CSL), the world's first and largest collegiate esports organization, to develop a pipeline for students interested in this rapidly growing field.

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AP to kick off 83rd year of Top 25 football poll 7/31/18

The Associated Press will release the preseason edition of the AP Top 25, the longest-running college football poll of its kind, on Monday, Aug. 20. The preseason AP All-America team, an extension of the longest-running honor roll of the nation's top players, will be released the next day on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

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Chattanooga Times Free Press selects Presteligence for high school sports coverage 7/24/18

Presteligence has announced that the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press will use My Team Scoop for its high school sports coverage of 55 area schools.

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