At my former newspaper, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the managing editor looks at the troubles newspapers face in the winter - snow and getting the paper out safely during treacherous overnight driving times.
Going with an early deadline is no problem for many areas - most news is done, while features, comics and editorials are all ready. Sports gets hit hardest when important coverage goes past your early deadline. The best story is left behind and something lesser fills the space.
All the more reason to get your sports news off the internet. Wake up, fire up the computer and it's there. No trudging in the snow or wondering when the paper will arrive.
Although it might be a little tough to check the latest news while in the bathroom.