After months of negotiation with The Gleaner Company, Jamaica's sports-only tabloid, Sport Globe, is back on the local scene.
The newspaper was conceptualised in 1997 by Richard McLarty when the paper rolled off the press that summer.
It had an immediate impact, winning the Press Association of Jamaica award for best small publication and best cover design in the same year it came off the press.
Back then, the paper was actually launched at the National Stadium when Jamaica's senior Reggae Boyz tackled South Africa in an international friendly, and as McLarty recalls, "every single copy we brought to the stadium that day was sold".
"It was an indication that Jamaicans have a passion for sports, when the 10,000 copies were snapped up by the sports fans that day," McLarty exclaimed.
Beaming with joy
Today, McLarty is not only beaming with joy, but with confidence that his brainchild is now on solid footing with the amalgamation of Jamaica's oldest and number one newspaper entity, The Gleaner Company Limited.
Rudolph Speid, director of Selectco Publications, a subsidiary of The Gleaner Company Limited, explains that the company is delighted to be partnering with Sports Globe.
"Due to the overwhelming demand of the product, when Richard proposed the idea to us we took full advantage of the opportunity to provide the public with this dedicated sports magazine, which will be available right across the island each weekend for all sporting enthusiasts," said Speid.
The publication will incorporate local, regional and international sporting news and events. In addition to scores and standings, the newspaper will also carry investigative pieces, regular features and hard-hitting stories.