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Star Sports Columnist Mariotti Suddenly Quits 'Chicago Sun-Times'

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Star Sports Columnist Mariotti Suddenly Quits 'Chicago Sun-Times'

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Just two months after the Chicago Sun-Times ballyhooed his three-year contract extension, Chicago Sun-Times star sports columnist Jay Mariotti has quit.

The sudden resignation is the latest blow to the personality-driven tabloid. Its most famous writer, film critic Roger Ebert, has been disabled by health problems for the past three years, and its best-known political columnist, Robert Novak, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Mariotti, one of just two sportswriters the Sun-Times sent to the Beijing Olympics, told Jim Kirk of the rival Chicago Tribune that he had concluded while in China there was no future in newspapers. Sportswriting has become "entirely a Web site business. There were not a lot of newspapers there," he told Kirk, according to the report in Wednesday's Tribune.

Mariotti said he had no particular plans, but had been in contact with "a lot" of Web sites.

In addition to his columns, Mariotti has been a regular on ESPN's cable talk show "Around the Horn. …

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