Other League’s Sportswriting Picks For August 19 – 25


Here at Other League, we know we aren’t the only site delivering quality sportswriting to the web. We love reading the articles that other sites come up with, especially when it features quality writing with excellent analysis. In this new column, we’re going to highlight the best sportswriting of the week. Every time one of us comes across an article that we wish we had written, it’s going to end up in this column.

Why Wrigley Field Is Suddenly So Empty

By Richard Babcock – WSJ

In 2008, Tribune fell into bankruptcy and in October 2009 sold 95% of the team to the Ricketts family for $845 million. Before completing the deal, Tom Ricketts told his father, Joe, the founder of TD Ameritrade, “They sell every ticket, every game, win or lose.” Not anymore.

Over the first four years of Ricketts ownership, attendance sank 13.7%. It is flat so far this year versus 2013, but the figures don’t include the legions of no-shows. “I have plenty of friends with tickets who can’t get rid of them,” said Jon Greenberg, executive editor of Team Marketing Report.

The Arizona Cardinals & The Wild NFC West

By Spencer Hann – Fansided

The additions of wideouts Tedd Ginn Jr. (4.30) and John Brown (4.34) will add a speed element that was greatly needed at times last season. There may also be a new legion of boom forming out west as Antonio Cromartie makes his way over to the desert to work opposite Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu; rounding out an extremely formidable secondary

Kevin Love finally lands, and LeBron’s mission accelerates

By Ken Berger – CBS Sports

James returning home changed everything, suddenly making Cleveland a free-agent destination. Mike Miller and James Jones joined him from Miami. Shawn Marion came aboard from Dallas. The next shoe to drop after Love could be Ray Allen, though a league source said Friday it still isn’t a certainty that Allen will play next season, let alone for the Cavs.

About the author: Alex Lowe

A former college athlete in a sport that no one cared about, Alex now spends most of his days being a furiously biased Bulls and Braves fan. When he's not busy with that, he still imagines his 5'7" self making an improbable rise to NBA stardom.