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OT closes its doors

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff March 9, 2009 08:27 AM

OT, The Boston Globe’s sports weekly that launched last fall, has folded.

The oversize tabloid -- called OT, which stood for ‘‘Our Town/Our Teams’’ -- printed its last issue Thursday.

Although the paper was favorably received among readers, a weakening economy and lack of advertising forced Globe executives to pull the plug.

‘‘It never attracted enough advertising support, and in this economy, it didn’t look like it would, at least in the near future,’’ said Robert Powers, spokesman for the Globe. ‘‘We all are proud of the product that was produced, and we learned a lot from it. We’ll use that knowledge for future products that we develop.’’

The weekly, which had a print run of 13,500 copies, launched Sept. 25 and provided coverage of Boston’s professional sports teams that went beyond the daily news. Stories included previews of upcoming games involving the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins. The tab, which cost 50 cents a copy, had been sold at more than 400 locations across the region.

‘‘Anyone who read OT either in print or online would say that it was an excellent product,’’ said Joseph Sullivan, the Globe’s assistant managing editor for sports.

The weekly was produced by four part-time editors and designers, who were let go today. Sports columnists Chad Finn and Tony Massarotti will continue their coverage for Boston.com and the Globe. (By Johnny Diaz, Globe Staff)

4 comments so far...
  1. I am truly disappointed. OT was by far the best sports writing Boston had to offer. It was a unique perspective that could only really be found in blogs, but written by professionals with actual talent. I hope OT makes a return someday!

    Posted by Rob March 9, 09 11:55 AM
  1. I really enjoyed the OT. I don't understand why the Globe couldn't make it work. There's so much useless stuff the Globe does and they couldn't keep something that was actually good?

    Posted by Matt March 9, 09 06:52 PM
  1. Please at least keep the OT electronic on Boston.com

    Posted by VMCollier March 17, 09 11:57 AM
  1. excellent publication, sent it to Phoenix Arizona, for my two older children, there is a Red sox nation everywhere, and once you live here but move, there is no media which keeps them informed , raise the price and keep it coming

    Posted by daniel e. shay April 19, 09 07:54 PM
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Charles P. Pierce writes for the Boston Globe Magazine. A long-time sportswriter and columnist, Pierce is a frequent guest on national TV and radio.
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