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An S.O.S.: How To Save Your Newspapers Sports Section

The Changing Voice of the Columnist: This is the single most fascinating part of the newspaper industry. To my understanding, the columnist is supposed to be the most desired job at a newspaper. He or she is supposed to be the voice that speaks for everyone.But heres the thing, it seems like in every sports section, every columnist is exactly the same: 60-years-old, with a bad hairpiece, probable halitosis, and Rosie ODonnells waistline. Im sorry, but Im 25-years-old, I dont want that guy speaking for me!Yet at every newspaper, its seemingly the same thing. A news story breaks, we collect the facts, then crusty, 60-year-old columnist guy weighs in, everyone gets mad, it causes an uproar for a day or two, and then we start the process all over again.Now, I dont blame the crusty 60-year-old guy. When I get to be his age, Ill probably be mad about everything too. And as long as hes saying something insightful or thought provoking, I have no problem keeping him around.But at the same time I want somebody with a fresh, younger voice as well, preferably under the age of 40. Somebody who speaks to my younger readers, understands them, and maybe gives them a different perspective.

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