USA Today mulls pay wall for website
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill) View/Post Comments Syracuse, NY — Breanna Stewart will be the youngest participant in USA Basketball’s National Team mini-camp next weekend. Stewart, the Most Outstanding Player of last year’s women’s Final Four, turned 19 last month. She is one of 33 athletes invited to participate in the camp, which includes the No. 1 WNBA draft pick from 10 of the last 12 years. Stewart, now a sophomore at the University of Connecticut, will count among her competitors such women’s basketball luminaries as Diana Taurasi, Candace Parker, Maya Moore, Tamika Catchings, Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne. The mini-camp will be held from Oct. 4-6 on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas and will be used to identify players for the 2014 USA World Championship Team. “First, you have some who have helped us already win world championships and gold medals at the Olympics and those who certainly we need to take a look at to prepare for the future,” said Geno Auriemma, who coaches Stewart at UConn and who also serves as the women’s national coach. “Ideally you would love to have a team that is comprised of enough veteran leadership, enough young players with experience and enough young players who might be there for the first time. Within this group we have a mixture of all of those.” USA Basketball representatives say Stewart has the most international experience among next weekend’s camp participants. She has competed with USA Basketball since 2009, when she was a member of the U16 squad that won a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. She was the only high school player to make the 2011 Pan American Games team and was named USA Basketball’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year.
We think sales in the boxes will drop by about a third, he said but added that is only a portion of the circulation. He said the boxes will not be scrapped entirely, but they would be taken down in some areas and concentrated in high traffic areas. Most people are not going to have eight quarters in their pocket, he said. He offered no breakdown on the percentage of sales currently going through the boxes. He said some of that erosion will be offset by selling the paper in new retail outlets after hatching recent deals with Starbucks and Duane Reade. At the same time, Kramer said that for the first time in five years, print advertising was up in the first half of the year compared to the same period a year ago. He also said that the company is engaged in a test, dubbed Project Butterfly, which will send more USA Today content to other Gannet-owned papers. A USA Today branded section containing dispatches from the News, Life and Money sections will run as a stand-alone section inside dailies in four cites: Indianapolis, Rochester, NY, Fort Myers, Fla., and Appleton, Wis. The USA Sports section will run independently in each papers sports section. With print in decline, USA Today Editor-in-chief David Callaway said he has already moved to a digital-first sensibility with the first story meeting of the day starting at 8:30 in the morning. The biggest thing now is the growth of the mobile business, he said. Sixty percent of our digital traffic, as measured by page views, is from mobile platforms either tablets or smart phones. USA Todays web site draws 8 million to 9 million unique visitors a day, or 70 million unique visitors a month. The audience has already gone from web to mobile, he said. Its caused us to rethink how we do news. Nevertheless, Kramer said the paper has no intention of abandoning print.
America’s Cup 2013: Oracle Team USA’s Comeback Won’t Give Sport a Major Boost
By the time of the final race today, the spectator areas were packed, with one onlooker turning to another to ask, “Who knew so many people cared about sailing?” Of course, it still wasn’t anywhere the near level of an NFL Sunday or attracting almost one in four viewers, as was the case in New Zealand, according to NBC Bay Area . Millions of people in New Zealand are waking up early to watch the races. Television ratings show at least one in four in the country is watching it on TV and have been crushed by the recent losses. That said, America’s Cup went from a total dud to an intriguing event in the span of a week and people started to notice. Building off that brief stretch of success will prove extremely difficult, however. The biggest problem is a two-fold issue with cost. Both the cost of keeping sponsors and the host city happy and getting people more interested in the sport as a whole. Ronnie Cohen of Reuters dove into the issue with Scott MacLeod, an agent who works with the teams. The money problem has plagued the event, the brainchild of Oracle co-founder Ellison, since its inception. Building, maintaining and manning the technologically advanced yachts costs between $100 million and $200 million – far more than the net gain from the Cup’s peak audience of one million. “At the current ratings, you can’t sell enough sponsorship to offset that cost,” MacLeod said. Beyond that, it’s hard to keep people interested in a sport they can’t participate in on their own.