More gloom-and-dooming in sports media — New York Times "Play" shuts down: " just received an email from Play editor Mark Bryant saying that contrary to previous reports, The New York Times is closing the Ellie-nominated magazine....In October Bryant told us Play was scheduled to produce four issues in 2009, but apparently the worsening advertising climate and the ever-sinking NYT Co. stock price altered that plan. " [Fishbowl NY]