A column by ombudsman Bob Richter of the San Antonio Express-News on Sunday announced that the paper will no longer participate in the AP Top 25 polls for football and basketball. As Richter says, "little is lost." Instead, the paper gains credibility as its sports department better aligns with the job of newsmakers to report news instead of create it.
The E-N is one of a growing number of papers, including the LA Times and Washington Post, that doesn't vote in these polls. Comments by APSE sports editors illustrate the spectrum of opinions and the ethical issues tied up in the process.