LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- For nearly 25 years, Las Vegas' two major newspapers have worked under a Joint Operation Agreement.
Now the Las Vegas Review-Journal wants to end the contract.
If the R-J has its way, the Las Vegas Sun insert within the Review-Journal will no longer be there.
The JOA agreement was set to last until 2040.
“The goal of the Joint Operating Agreement was to keep two diverse voices in operation,” says historian Michael Green. “Well if you lose one of those two diverse voices, I don't think it's a good thing.”
One of the Sun's owners, Brian Greenspun, is fighting in federal court to keep his paper running. Joseph Alioto, Greenspun’s attorney, says that without the R-J, the Sun will not survive.
“The point of what the R-J is trying to do is to make sure that they don't,” survive, Alioto says.
Officials at the Review-Journal did not comment to News 3 on this story.
Green says it's likely the paper's motive is money.
“On the one hand, the R-J is trying to make a business decision, purely business,” he said. “On the other hand, journalists have to be romantics, too. You want to have the different voices. You want to have the competition.”
Green says the Sun's founder, Hank Greenspun, and former R-J owner Don Reynolds both thrived on competition, often hurling insults at each other.
“Hank’s given name was Herman, and Reynolds used to call him ‘Vermon Greenscum’ ” Green said. “And Hank Greenspun once said of Don Reynolds, that he has the morals of the headskull crusher at a Chicago slaughterhouse.”
Three of Brian Greenspun’s siblings are in favor of ending the JOA. Alioto says he does not think that will hurt Brian Greenspun's case.