La Gazzetta dello Sport

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La Gazzetta dello Sport
La Gazzetta dello Sport logo.svg
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Front page, 15 July 2009
Type Daily sports newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) RCS MediaGroup
Editor Andrea Monti
Founded 3 April 1896; 119 years ago (1896-04-03)
Language Italian
Headquarters Via Solferino, 28, Milan, Italy
Circulation 368,848 (2008)
ISSN 1120-5067
Website gazzetta.it

La Gazzetta dello Sport [la ɡadˈdzetta dello ˈspɔrt] is an Italian newspaper dedicated to coverage of various sports.

History and profile[edit]

La Gazzetta dello Sport was first published on 3 April 1896, allowing it to cover the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens. The paper is based in Milan.[1] Its role extends beyond news reporting and features, to direct involvement in major events, including (since 1909) organization of the Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) cycling stage race.

La Gazzetta dello Sport is part of the RCS media group.[2] The paper was published in broadsheet format[3] until 2008 when its format was switched to tabloid.[2] The newspaper, published on pink paper, sells over 400,000 copies daily (more on Mondays when readers want to catch up on the weekend's events), and can claim a readership in excess of three million. A sports magazine, Sportweek, is sold with other newspaper on Saturdays.

A coffee and a Gazzetta newspaper, a common sight in an Italian bar

Although a wide range of sports are covered in the newspaper, football is given by far most of the coverage. With some 24-28 pages out of 40 devoted to the sport on a daily basis, much of the journalism is speculative and sensationalist rather than the pure reporting of matches. The paper has a good record for campaigning journalism, and played a significant part in exposing the 2006 Serie A scandal that rocked Italian football and led to the relegation of Juventus and points penalties for other leading clubs. The largest and best supported teams in Italy, and especially the Milan teams of A.C. Milan and Inter Milan, and Turin team of Juventus dominate the coverage.

Circulation[edit]

In 1990 the circulation of La Gazzetta dello Sport was 809,000 copies.[4] It was the third best-selling Italian newspaper with a circulation of 401,000 copies in 1997.[5]

The paper had a circulation of 445,000 copies in 2001, making it the twentieth best-selling European newspaper.[3] In 2008 the paper had a circulation of 368,848 copies.[6] The online version of the paper was the eighteenth most visited website in the country in 2011.[7] Third-party web analytics providers Alexa and SimilarWeb rate the site as the 17th and 41th most visited website in Italy respectively, as of July 2015.[8][9] SimilarWeb rates the site as the 14th most visited sports news website globally, attracting almost 20 million visitors per month.[9][10]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Paddy Agnew (29 February 2012). Forza Italia: The Fall and Rise of Italian Football. Ebury Publishing. p. 161. ISBN 978-1-4481-1764-2. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Italy’s leading sports title boosts circulation". König and Bauer Group. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  4. ^ David Forgacs; Robert Lumley, eds. (1996). Italian Cultural Studies:An Introduction. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 28 December 2014.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  5. ^ Jose L. Alvarez; Carmelo Mazza; Jordi Mur (October 1999). "The management publishing industry in Europe" (Occasional Paper No:99/4). University of Navarra. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Data for average newspaper circulation. Survey on 2008 in Italy Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa
  7. ^ Gianpietro Mazzoleni; Giulio Vigevani (10 August 2011). "Mapping Digital Media: Italy" (Report). Open Society Foundation. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "gazzetta.it Site Overview". Alexa. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Gazzetta.it Analytics". SimilarWeb. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 sites in the world for News And Media > Sports News". SimilarWeb. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 

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