That didn’t take long. A couple days after POLITICO reported that Joe Nocera’s business column would be discontinued, a staffing change has ordained that the longtime opinionator become a sports columnist for The New York Times, effective immediately.
The memo, from Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Sports Editor Jason Stallman, says Nocera will be making sense of various big sports stories in his new role: gambling, professional aspirations among the NCAA players and an infusion of big money in college football.
The biggest story in sports these days is the money that is sloshing through college sports, quasi-legal gambling, and professional soccer and football. It is the story of colleges like Rutgers struggling to compete with big money powerhouses like Ohio State. It is the story of college players pushing to be paid like professionals.