The New York Islanders are helping this notion along, albeit in a surprising way. Last month, team officials announced a plan to give press credentials to bloggers who write regularly about the team, allowing them to attend games and have access to coaches and players. The game is changing, and those newspapers that still send reporters to the games would do well to loosen the reins and let those reporters compete. 

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Robert Weintraub is the author of The House That Ruth Built. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Slate, and a television writer/producer based in Atlanta.