Sule slot has always been an important part of the daily newspaper. It has never been restricted to a specific area of interest but has rather covered all events that are new. Today newspapers still cover a broad range of topics but the delivery and focus has changed dramatically with the advent of electronic media.
In the 19th century separate departments were set up for sports in newspapers; it was Joseph Pulitzer, who ran the New York World, who first made this happen and in 1883 was responsible for setting up the first baseball newspaper devoted solely to baseball. As well as reporting the games themselves these papers often carried images by famous photographers such as Tony Duffy whose pictures of baseball players at the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field became iconic. Duffy went on to set up a picture agency which would be bought and re-named Getty Images.
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The quality of the writing in these publications was such that they attracted some of the finest journalistic talent of the day. Peter Wilson of the Daily Mirror and Hugh McIlvanney, formerly of The Observer and later of the Times were two such examples as well as soccer writer Brian Glanville of the Mail on Sunday and Ian Wooldridge who won the British Sports Journalist of the Year award three times.
In the modern era sports coverage has increased enormously. The huge sums of money involved in the sponsorship and staging of major sports events, such as football World Cups and the Olympic Games has attracted the attention of investigative journalists. For example, Duncan Mackay of The Guardian and Steven Downes uncovered doping scandals and fixed races in international athletics.