Monday night I went to the sports homepage of the Times website. Prominently displayed is the outcome of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's game, an 8-3 win over the Oakland Athletics. The win against the A's prevent a sweep, and also snapped a nine-game winning streak for the A's. Other top stories included Serena Williams advancing in the U.S. Open, and a preview for the season finale in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
Next to the top stories are the top sports blogs that the Times sponsors. As a journalist, I find this very empowering because it gives legitimacy to blogging, while also showing that you don't have to be a big name reporter to have your by-line displayed. I currently write for the website Bleacher Report, and have seen some success on the homepage. It was an awesome feeling, and something that I strive for every time I write a story. Having that capability for the Times give their writers the same goal to achieve.
Two stories that I found interesting on the Times was "Title IX has benefited anyone who loves sports" and "USC looks scary good; new allegations sound scary bad". The former is a column piece that talks about how Title IX changed the landscape of sports 40 years ago. It was a simple piece of legislation that seemed like it would destroy amateur sports, but in turn allowed it to thrive more than anyone could have imagined.
The latter story was not what I expected. From the title, I expected a blend of commentary of the Trojans' first game, and how/why the new allegations affected the team and players. But instead I was treated to a singe sentence blurb of the new allegations, and a story dominated by the first game and how impressive the players were. In fact, the story focused more on the practices of head coach Lane Kiffen than the new allegations. It seems that the allegations were only included into the story so the headline would draw more readers.
The Times seems to cover a plethora of sports, and gives the most prominent of stories the homepage, regardless of ratings. Hopefully, the impending NHL lockout will be covered if (or rather when) the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires. But overall, the Times does a good job of giving its readers a sports page, not a singe-sport dominated page.