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Off-Day Thread: Where Do You Get Most of Your Sports News?

Maybe I'm significantly skewing the results by asking this on an online sports fan site, but with the advent of ubiquitous Internet access, growth of dedicated single-sport channels and 24-hour sports news networks or radio stations, it is literally possible to read about sports, listen to sports, watch sports and talk about sports all day long, all at the same time. And even with that, there's a chance you missed something.

When I was a pre-teen, I had my watch's alarm set to go off at 5:45 p.m., which was when KCRA's Walt Gray was set to do the sports wrap, covering day baseball games and catching me up the in the world of sports. I would listen to the A's games on the radio, tune into KNBR for sports talk at night, and start the next morning with the newspaper recaps.

By high school, I would beg permission from my mother to hog the phone line and use AOL dial-up to get live sports scores from around the leagues. Now, I could read recaps before they were in the paper the next day. Later, ESPN came into the picture, and I could count on watching SportsCenter, so long as it didn't conflict with homework or anything else on the tube. As we first got cable, I would even do all I could to see the doubleheaders on ESPN, no matter which teams were playing.

Entering college at the time of Netscape 1.0 and having Ethernet in the dorms, the Internet was the next wave of sports news gathering. I literally had as my home page in Netscape, and once participated in a usability study, where I recommended they use JavaScript to scroll sports scores on the site, much like the news ticker on TV. By the time I graduated college, I was also listening to streaming audio of college and professional games using Real Audio.

In the ensuing 10 years, the Internet has practically taken over every aspect of my life, it seems. I still get ESPN the Magazine and Sports Illustrated, but to read them is a chore, full of player profiles I don't care about and yesterday's news. Sometimes, I don't read them at all. And ESPN, the worldwide sports leader? Not really. If I want to see a game highlight, I'll head to ESPN News on occasion, but rarely. And I stopped going to altogether. I used to have RSS feeds set up to get the latest headlines, and later, the latest MLB-only headlines, but I unsubscribed.

Today, I get my sports news from blogs like those on SB Nation, including AN, and from Ballhype, a Digg-like site which shows what sports stories are linked to from blogs around the Web, letting you vote them up or down. If I bump into ESPN these days, it's pretty much an accident, and there's no question I'm no fan of KNBR. I mean, do you really need to talk about the Sharks and the Warriors in May? And the Giants? Yeah. Good luck with Zito there, guys. Click.

How have you seen your sports news consumption or patterns change? This isn't intended to be a "Bash ESPN" thread or anything, but is the worldwide sports leader still leading for you? Curious.