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''Sporting News'' is a U.S.-based sports news website owned by DAZN Group. It was originally established in 1886 as the print magazine ''The Sporting News''. It became the dominant American publication covering
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, acquiring the nickname "The Bible of Baseball." In December 2012, ''Sporting News'' ended print publication and shifted to a digital-only publication.


History


Early history

March 17, 1886: ''The Sporting News'' (''TSN''), founded in St. Louis by Alfred H. Spink, a director of the St. Louis Browns baseball team, publishes its first edition. The weekly newspaper sells for 5 cents. Baseball, horse racing and professional wrestling received the most coverage in the first issue. Meanwhile, the sporting weeklies ''Clipper'' and ''Sporting Life'' were based in New York and Philadelphia. By World War I, ''TSN'' would be the only national baseball newspaper. 1901: The American League, another rival to baseball's National League, begins playing. ''TSN'' was a vocal supporter of the new league and its founder, Ban Johnson. Both parties advocated cleaning up the sport, in particular ridding it of liquor sales, gambling and assaults on umpires. 1903: ''TSN'' editor Arthur Flanner helps draft the National Agreement, a document that brought a truce between the AL and NL and helped bring about the modern
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. 1904: New York photographer Charles Conlon begins taking portraits of major league players as they pass through the city's three ballparks: the Polo Grounds, Yankee Stadium and Ebbets Field. His images, many of which were featured in ''TSN'', have become treasured symbols of baseball's past. 1936: ''TSN'' names its first major league Sporting News Player of the Year Award, Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants. It is the oldest and most prestigious award given to the single player in MLB who had the most outstanding season. To this day, it remains voted on by MLB players. 1942: After decades of being intertwined with baseball, ''TSN'' adds in-season football coverage. 1946: ''TSN'' expands its football coverage with an eight-page tabloid publication titled ''The Quarterback''. The tab is later renamed the ''All-Sports News'' as coverage of other sports is added, including professional and college basketball and hockey. 1962: J.G. Taylor Spink dies. His son C.C. Johnson Spink takes over the publication. In 1962, after Spink's death, the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) instituted the J. G. Taylor Spink Award as the highest award given to its members. Spink was also the first recipient. 1967: ''TSN'' publishes its first full-color photo, a cover image of Orioles star Frank Robinson. 1977: The Spink family sells ''TSN'' to Times Mirror in 1977. 1981: C.C. Johnson Spink sells ''TSN'' to Tribune Company. 1991: ''The Sporting News'' transitions to a glossy, full-color all-sports magazine. 1996: ''The Sporting News'' comes online, serving as a sports content provider for AOL. The following year, it launches sportingnews.com. 2000: Tribune Company sells ''TSN'' to Vulcan Inc., headed by tech billionaire Paul Allen. The following year, the company acquired the One on One Sports radio network, renaming it Sporting News Radio. 2002: The magazine drops the definite article from its name and becomes just ''Sporting News'' (''SN''). Subsequent covers reflect the change. 2006: Vulcan sells ''SN'' to Advance Media, which places the publication under the supervision of American City Business Journals (ACBJ). 2007: ''Sporting News'' begins its move from St. Louis, where it had been based since its founding, to ACBJ's headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. The publication leaves St. Louis for good in 2008, when it also became a bi-weekly publication.


Transition to digital publication

In 2011, ''Sporting News'' announced a deal to take over editorial control of AOL's sports website FanHouse. In December 2012, after 126 years, ''Sporting News'' published its final issue as a print publication, and shifted to becoming a digital-only publication. The following March, ACBJ contributed ''Sporting News'' into a joint venture with the U.S. assets of sports data company Perform Group, known as Perform Sporting News Limited and doing business as Sporting News Media. Perform owned 65% of Sporting News Media. ''Sporting News'' would join Perform Group's other domestic properties, such as its video syndication unit ePlayer and its soccer website Goal.com. The deal excluded the magazine's ''Sporting News Yearbooks'' unit and ''NASCAR Illustrated''. Almost immediately after the venture was established, ''Sporting News'' laid off 13 staff writers. Perform Group acquired the remainder of Sporting News Media in 2015. Under Perform's ownership, ''Sporting News'' shifted to a more Tabloid journalism, tabloid-like editorial direction. The site introduced a new logo and website design in 2016. Following Perform's acquisition of ACBJ's remaining stake, it began to align itself more closely with the company's other units, including replacing Associated Press articles with Perform's own Omnisport wire service for articles and video content (which began to constitute a sizable portion of the site's overall content). ''Sporting News'' also began to introduce new localized versions in other markets, with a focus on countries where it had launched its sports streaming service DAZN. These sites are, in turn, used to promote the DAZN service. Perform Media president Juan Delgado explained that the company was trying to preserve the heritage of the ''Sporting News'' brand by still publishing original content, while also publishing content oriented towards social media to appeal to younger users.


Later history

In September 2018, Perform Group spun out its consumer properties, including ''Sporting News'' and DAZN, into a new company known as DAZN Group. The remaining sports data business became Perform Content, and was sold in 2019 to Vista Equity Partners and merged with STATS LLC. In the summer of 2020, Lindenwood University of St. Charles, Missouri, acquired the archives collection of ''The Sporting News'' from ACBJ. The collection was described as consisting of "10,000+ books on baseball, football, hockey, basketball, NCAA, and other sports." In December 2020, DAZN Group announced that it would sell ''Sporting News'' to PAX Holdings, a British family office.


Athlete of the Year


Sportsman of the Year

From 1968 to 2008, the magazine selected one or more individuals as ''Sportsman of the Year''. On four occasions, the award was shared by two recipients. Twice, in 1993 and 2000, the award went to a pair of sportsmen within the same organization. In 1999, the honor was given to a whole team. No winner was chosen in 1987. On December 18, 2007, the magazine announced New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as 2007 Sportsman of the Year, making Brady the first to repeat as a recipient of individual honors. Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals was also honored twice, but shared his second award with Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs. In 2009, the award was replaced by two awards: "Pro Athlete of the Year" and "College Athlete of the Year". These in turn were replaced by a singular "Athlete of the Year" award starting in 2011. *1968 – Denny McLain, 1968 Detroit Tigers season, Detroit Tigers *1969 – Tom Seaver, 1969 New York Mets season, New York Mets *1970 – John Wooden, 1969–70 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team, UCLA basketball *1971 – Lee Trevino, golf *1972 – Charlie Finley, 1972 Oakland Athletics season, Oakland A's *1973 – O. J. Simpson, 1973 Buffalo Bills season, Buffalo Bills *1974 – Lou Brock, 1974 St. Louis Cardinals season, St. Louis Cardinals *1975 – Archie Griffin, 1975 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, Ohio State football *1976 – Larry O'Brien, National Basketball Association commissioner *1977 – Steve Cauthen, horse racing *1978 – Ron Guidry, 1978 New York Yankees season, New York Yankees *1979 – Willie Stargell, 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates season, Pittsburgh Pirates *1980 – George Brett, 1980 Kansas City Royals season, Kansas City Royals *1981 – Wayne Gretzky, 1980–81 Edmonton Oilers season, Edmonton Oilers *1982 – Whitey Herzog, 1982 St. Louis Cardinals season, St Cardinals *1983 – Bowie Kuhn, Major League Baseball Commissioner of Baseball, commissioner *1984 – Peter Ueberroth, 1984 Summer Olympics, Olympics organizer *1985 – Pete Rose, 1985 Cincinnati Reds season, Cincinnati Reds *1986 – Larry Bird, 1985–86 Boston Celtics season, Boston Celtics *1987 – ''(none)'' *1988 – Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Athletics at the 1988 Summer Olympics, Olympics *1989 – Joe Montana, 1989 San Francisco 49ers season, San Francisco 49ers *1990 – Nolan Ryan, 1990 Texas Rangers season, Texas Rangers *1991 – Michael Jordan, 1990–91 Chicago Bulls season, Chicago Bulls *1992 – Mike Krzyzewski, 1991–92 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team, Duke basketball *1993 – Cito Gaston and Pat Gillick, 1993 Toronto Blue Jays season, Toronto Blue Jays *1994 – Emmitt Smith, 1994 Dallas Cowboys season, Dallas Cowboys *1995 – Cal Ripken, 1995 Baltimore Orioles season, Baltimore Orioles *1996 – Joe Torre, 1996 New York Yankees season, New York Yankees *1997 – Mark McGwire, 1997 St. Louis Cardinals season, St. Louis Cardinals *1998 – Mark McGwire, 1998 St. Louis Cardinals season, St. Louis Cardinals, and Sammy Sosa, 1998 Chicago Cubs season, Chicago Cubs (see also 1998 Major League Baseball home run record chase) *1999 – 1999 New York Yankees season, New York Yankees *2000 – Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner, 2000 St. Louis Rams season, St. Louis Rams *2001 – Curt Schilling, 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks season, Arizona Diamondbacks *2002 – Tyrone Willingham, 2002 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, Notre Dame football *2003 – Dick Vermeil, 2003 Kansas City Chiefs season, Kansas City Chiefs, and Jack McKeon, 2003 Florida Marlins season, Florida Marlins *2004 – Tom Brady, 2004 New England Patriots season, New England Patriots *2005 – Matt Leinart, 2005 USC Trojans football team, USC football *2006 – LaDainian Tomlinson, 2006 San Diego Chargers season, San Diego Chargers *2007 – Tom Brady, 2007 New England Patriots season, New England Patriots *2008 – Eli Manning, 2008 New York Giants season, New York Giants


Pro Athlete of the Year

*2009 – Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees *2010 – Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies


College Athlete of the Year

*2009 – Colt McCoy, Texas football *2010 – Kyle Singler, Duke men's basketball


Athlete of the Year

Beginning in 2011, the awards were merged back into a singular selection, ''Athlete of the Year''. *2011 – Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers *2012 – LeBron James, Miami Heat


Sport-specific awards


Major League Baseball

''SN'' sponsors its own annual Team, The Sporting News Player of the Year Award, Player, The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award, Pitcher, The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award, Rookie, The Sporting News Reliever of the Year Award, Reliever, The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award, Comeback Player, The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award, Manager, and The Sporting News Executive of the Year Award, Executive of the Year awards. Many fans once held the newspaper's baseball awards at equal or higher esteem than those of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Prior to 2005, the ''SN'' Comeback Player Award was generally recognized as the principal award of its type, as MLB did not give such an award until that year. *The Sporting News Most Valuable Player Award, ''The Sporting News'' Most Valuable Player Award (discontinued in 1946) *The Sporting News Player of the Year Award, ''Sporting News'' Player of the Year (all positions; in MLB) *The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award, ''Sporting News'' Pitcher of the Year (in each league) *The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award, ''Sporting News'' Rookie of the Year (from 1963 through 2003, there were two categories: Rookie Pitcher of the Year and Rookie Player of the Year) *The Sporting News Reliever of the Year Award, ''Sporting News'' Reliever of the Year (discontinued in 2011) *The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award, ''Sporting News'' Comeback Player of the Year *The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award, ''Sporting News'' Manager of the Year (in each league (1986–present); in MLB (1936–1985)) *The Sporting News Executive of the Year Award, ''Sporting News'' Executive of the Year (in MLB)


Minor League Baseball

*The Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year Award, ''The Sporting News'' Minor League Player of the Year Award (1936–2007)


Basketball

*''Sporting News'' NBA Executive of the Year Award (1973–2008) *Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year, ''Sporting News'' Men's College Basketball Player of the Year *Sporting News Men’s College Basketball Coach of the Year Award, ''Sporting News'' Men’s College Basketball Coach of the Year Award


NFL

*Sporting News NFL Player of the Year Award, ''Sporting News'' NFL Player of the Year Award (1954–1969 and since 1980) **Sporting News NFL Player of the Year Award, ''Sporting News'' AFC and NFC player of the year awards (1970–1979) *National Football League Rookie of the Year Award#Sporting News NFL ROTY Award, ''Sporting News'' NFL Rookie of the Year Award *NFL Coach of the Year Award#Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year, ''Sporting News'' NFL Coach of the Year (since 1947) *All-Pro#The Sporting News, ''Sporting News'' All-Pro Team (since 1980)From the 1950s through 1979, ''The Sporting News'' published All-Conference teams. In 1980 it began choosing an All-Pro team. *All-Pro#The Sporting News, ''Sporting News'' All-Conference Team (from 1950s till 1979) (defunct)


College football awards

*Sporting News College Football Player of the Year, ''Sporting News'' College Football Player of the Year (1942) *College Football All-America Team#Sporting News, ''Sporting News'' All-America Team (1934) *Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year, ''Sporting News'' College Football Coach of the Year Also, between 1975 and 2005, Sporting News conducted an annual poll and named a national champion for Division I-A (now Division I FBS). It is regarded as a "major selector" in NCAA official records books.


Notable staff

* Thomas G. Osenton, president and chief operating officer of Sporting News Publishing Company and publisher of ''The Sporting News'' weekly


Footnotes


External links

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