If All Sports Are Local, So Is ESPN

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

A year ago, ESPN started going local. For an empire devoted to conquering the United States and the world on its multitude of media platforms, Web sites focused on major cities offered a way to fulfill its manifest destiny.

First came the site in Chicago, then debuts in Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles.

And at midnight on Thursday, ESPNNewYork.com was scheduled to make its debut.

New York is the most crowded and clamorous of the local markets that ESPN has stormed More…