There were expressions of love and loss splashed across the front pages of newspapers in Ohio and Florida, respectively, after LeBron James announced his free-agent decision on Friday.
The New York Times went in another direction.
The front page of the Times' sports section delivered the news of James' return to Cleveland in an expectedly bold yet slyly understated way on Saturday. Surrounded by inches of white space, the sports transactions of the day, usually something buried deep in the section with the box scores, were listed with one particular personnel move made by the Cleveland Cavaliers conspicuously highlighted.
The front page from today's print edition. Cavaliers signed a forward: pic.twitter.com/TPfbNpXcGf
— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) July 12, 2014
For comparison, here is a look at a commemorative cover of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland as well as front page of The Sun-Sentinel in South Florida from Saturday.
LeBron James' return: Saturday's front page of The Plain Dealer pic.twitter.com/h8KFb6UAPX
— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) July 11, 2014