Sacramento Bee Public Editor Armando Acuña says his paper is no longer sending a reporter to cover every Giants and A’s game this year. Instead, the McClatchy-owned Bee will use wire copy for the game stories and instead have its reporters write more “magazine-style, behind-the-scenes” stories about the teams, players and issues in baseball. Budget cuts was one reason for the change. But Acuña said technology is also a factor — sports fans probably will see the highlights of an A’s or Giants game on ESPN’s sportscenter before the paper comes out. Also, in Sacramento, interest in baseball falls behind that of the NBA Kings, 49ers, Raiders and Nascar, according to Acuña. A trivia note: In 2003, when Acuña was the Bee’s sports editor, he had to fire 34-year veteran reporter Jim Van Vliet for filing a story about a Giants game while watching the game from another, undisclosed location.
Paper experiments with baseball coverage
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