Yeah, I know there are JOAs in Madison, Wis., and other places as well (at least there used to be; I've not been following closely), and I always thought they were strange. But speaking as a former Press-Citizen newsroom employee, and knowing how rabid the P-C management used to be about competing with the Gazette, I can't help being surprised. I know the current and former P-C folks I've talked to are, too. It was the kind of rivalry where if there was even a whiff of a rumor that someone was applying at the Gazette, there would be drastic repercussions. So it's in that context that I'm shocked, I guess. Of course, the business model for newspapers is much less healthy than it was even when I left the biz, so nothing should be too surprising.
I expect the Register will make liberal use of Andy Hamilton's wrestling stories, so at least their readers won't be totally devoid of intelligent wrestling coverage. The Gazette itself does a decent job, too. We really are lucky in that regard around here.