You’ll Have To Pay To Read Shaughnessy Starting in 2011 (Perhaps Not)

The Boston Globe announced today that starting next year, they will break the content of the Globe and into two separate sites. will require a paid subscription to access, while will remain free.

Globe to offer two websites: one free, one pay

So soon you’ll need to pay for the privilege of reading Dan Shaughnessy. On the other hand, apparently you’ll get all the Tony Massarotti and Chris Gasper you want for absolutely free!


The following was posted on Twitter by a sports producer:

The good news about all of this two websites business is that all of sports will be free. Sports fans have nothing to worry about.Thu Sep 30 20:13:32 via Seesmic Desktop

Now I have to say, if true, that is extremely smart on the part of the Globe. Sports articles are among the most visited on the website, (some people only visit the sports articles) and to continue to offer them from free would be a win for many consumers.

I can’t help but think that the amount of competition out there in this market for sports coverage lead to the decision to keep it free. Who would pay just for the Globe’s take on sports when they can choose from dozens of other outlets?

Random Quote

However, it’s nice to see that Belichick is still feisty. He just turned 60 years old and it’s been seven seasons (going on eight) since the Patriots last won the big one. Three rings bought a lot of good will, but even he has to realize that the bank account’s getting low.

— Mark Farinella, Sun-Chronicle, 6/17/12
  • SJH

    Paying for Shank. Brilliant. How could this possibly fail?

  • Angry Old Bastard

    PAY to read Shank?….That's an OUTRAGE!…..wait a minute, I didn't read him when it was free…..nevermind

  • Michael Gee

    This is a stupid idea even by the high standards of newspaper management. Either put the site behind a pay wall or don't, but never try to middle it. You're now competing with yourself on two fronts, the newspaper with the Web sites and the pay Web site with the free Web site. Guess who wins?
    It's also unmanageable. For instance, what happens if a BIG story breaks? A natural disaster in Boston, the death of a leading citizen, Pats win Super Bowl, etc. Management is naturally going to slam all content on the story on the free site ASAP to draw maximum clicks, rendering the pay site fundamentally inoperative.
    Also, as a former columnist, I find the idea that "people will pay for Dan, but not Tony" to be hilariously wrongheaded. There aren't 10 columnists of any kind, not just sports, that are why people buy the papers they're in. Columnists are the creamed spinach at the newspaper steak house. Tastes great, but it's not why you go.

    • mallen

      In some cases, more like Cream of Wheat, in that you avoid it even when its free

  • tpb6

    Goodbye Boston Globe. Nice Knowing you

  • Templeton Peck

    I have basically stopped reading the Globe so I don't really care what they do but I don't see how this can be successful. I also can't believe how much I used to look forward to the Sunday sports section and now it isn't even on my radar. This is just one more step in making the Globe a distant memory for me.

    How old is CHB? We are gonna be stuck with him being around for a long time aren't we?


    If pays me $18 per day I will read their site.

  • dan

    This idea of making visitors pay for content like reading articles from sports columnist will never work until they ban their writers from showing up all over tv and radio.
    Why would i pay to read about Shaughnessy thoughts on the Patriots when i can just listen to him in even greater detail for 4 hours for free on his radio show?

    If the Globe really wants to make this work then they can't allow their writers such as Shaughnessy give their opinions away for free on radio and ESPN,CSN appearences.
    And Jackie Mac and Bob Ryan doing those stupid shows like ATH,APTI which should be beneath them.

    That is part of the reason why almost no one reads the sports pages anymore because the writers are all over the place.

    • Eric

      Jackie MacMullan does not work for The Globe..

  • Nopointe

    It's not so much that they'll have 2 websites, one free and one pay

    it's more than they'll have 2 websites, one seldom read and one never read

  • Classless

    Michael Gee is correct. Sounds like The Globe just invented a competitor (itself).

    Also, didn't the Herald try this and it failed miserably?

    • Angry Old Bastard

      correct……the Herald tried it for a couple of years, at least

    • jake

      The Herald put columnists behind the wall. Similar to what the NYT did.

  • James McSorley

    paying for Shanks, what a joke.. the only one losing out is my puppy who i was training on shanks profile picture..