SNY, the Mets’ cable channel, is in talks with local stations about providing sports reports for their newscasts, The Post has learned.
The sports channel is talking to both Ch. 11 and Ch. 4 about eventually doing away with their own sportscasters and replacing them with SNY reporters, according to sources. [NY Post]
I find it interesting that in a time when traditional sports media outlets are being challenged by more outlets and more voices, they would react by outsourcing their sports reports to one entity. If fewer voices results in lower ratings, this won’t help.
But the economy is in the tank and that puts even more pressure on traditional media outlets to adapt. Right or wrong, this is an interesting way to approach the problem.
SNY President Steve Raab explains how the arrangement might work:
“We’d be creating their sports content,” Raab says of SNY’s role. “It’s not really why we went into this business, but we’ve invested in an area where others are pulling back — and we’re focused on nothing but the sports news and information that New York sports fans are focused on.” [NY Post]
UPDATE: Tonight’s game against the Padres is in doubt, due to the weather forecast. The Mets’ starting lineup (via NYMetsReport) is:
Jose Reyes, SS
Angel Pagan, CF
Jason Bay, LF
Ike Davis, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Rod Barajas, C
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Ruben Tejada, 2B
Johan Santana, LP
I won’t be posting again tonight, so consider this post the Gameday Open Thread. If you find any sweet links or killer stories, post them in the comments section. You will get a virtual fistbump in tomorrow’s link post.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Tonight’s game has been canceled. It will be made up tomorrow, as part of a day/night doubleheader. Via MetsBlog:
The game will be made up as part of a day/night doubleheader tomorrow, with Game 1 at 1:10 pm and Game 2 at 7:10 pm and tickets for tonight’s game can be used tomorrow night.
If you parked your car at Citi Field this afternoon, be sure to keep your ticket or receipt, as it will be honored tomorrow night and you will not have to pay twice.