The only reason why the Chicago Sun-Times thing has come up relates to Jay Mariotti contributing a few guest columns for ChicagoSide, a relatively new sports site in Chicago.
The site is in the process of doing a content agreement with the Sun-Times. Select ChicagoSide pieces will appear in the paper.
So people began asking Mariotti today if that meant he could show up in the Sun-Times, via ChicagoSide.
Better chance that Lennay Kekua does PR for Lance Armstrong.
Mariotti writes in an email:
The Sun-Times, when I worked there, was a politically conflicted disgrace of a newspaper. The bosses cut deals and curried favor with people I had to cover as a Chicago sports columnist. They also failed to improve the Web site, a promise they made when I signed a contract extension in July 2008. I resigned in a cordial letter to the publisher two months later, after returning from the Beijing Olympics, and I handed back almost $1 million in wages. I don’t miss the place a bit.
I’ve written for Jon Eig (editor of ChicagoSide) as a way of helping his fun, new site and staying sharp as a writer. He asked me to contribute columns when the mood strikes me, and, if he wants, I’ll continue to do so on occasion for his site. I’m doing documentary work and writing books in L.A., and I’ve been meeting with major networks and sites about returning to the national sports media. My first book, “The System,” is available on Amazon.com, and it contains plenty of material about the Sun-Times.