Will Web Kill SportsCenter

Back in the day when ESPN launched Sports Center, it put an end to the value proposition of the sports page — wire-service box scores and game recaps. The highlights game was over, for both newspapers and the three-minute sports-guy recap at the end of the local nightly news.

A few decades later when most of the SportsCenter presenters are celebrities in their own right, there are signs the Internet may be replacing SportsCenter as the go-to guy for immediate highlights gratification. Right now, ESPN is at the height of its power, charging premium fees from cable operators for the right to carry the channel. But for how much longer?

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