Posted Mon Jul 19th by Monty
It wasn’t two years ago that the Rocky Mountain News closed its doors, making Denver a one-paper town, and leaving the Denver Broncos with only the Denver Post and the Colorado Springs Gazette to provide independent Broncos coverage.
Today, the struggling newspaper industry claimed another piece of Denver’s mainstream media pie.
Frank Schwab, the Gazette’s Broncos beat writer, announced via Twitter today that the CSG will be closing its Broncos beat. Schwab will remain with the paper but move over to cover the Air Force beat.
Schwab, who has covered the Broncos since 2003, served as the AP’s Denver-based NFL awards voter (for honors such as MVP and all-pro), meaning the committee will have to select a new representative in 2011.
It’s a curious decision by the bigwigs at CSG. The Gazette’s online Broncos coverage tops its sports page views, and one would assume it does its fair share in the hard copies. If a beat had to go, why cut your paper’s most popular?
And rather than simply sending that question out into the void, we’ll pose it to the guys in charge. According to its online directory, the Gazette’s executive editor is Jeff Thomas (email@example.com) and its sports editor is Jim O’Connell (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’re writing them an email asking them to explain why they cut the Broncos beat, and to, frankly (pun not intended), complain. We invite you to respectfully do the same. Broncos fans deserve answers, and those in charge deserve to know their fans aren’t happy with the decision.