Mark Tauscher, a former offensive lineman for the Wisconsin Badgers before spending 11 years with the Green Bay Packers, has become a newspaper publisher.
The Wisconsin State Journal reported Thursday that Tauscher, who last played in the NFL in 2010, is part of a group of three owners who purchased The Isthmus, an alternative weekly newspaper in Madison.
Tauscher, along with partners Jeff Haupt and Craig Bartlett, bought the paper from its co-founder and solo owner since 1980, Vince O’Hern.
The new owners pledged to stay true to the mission of The Isthmus—a venue for local news, opinion and entertainment listings in the Madison area.
Haupt is reportedly a former UW-Madison student who worked for more than a decade at The Onion, a satirical newspaper launched in the 1980s by a group of UW-Madison students.
With a circulation of nearly 55,000, The Isthmus is 31st in the nation among alternative weeklies, ahead of papers in larger markets such as the Twin Cities, Baltimore and Portland, Ore.
Tauscher is no stranger to the ink biz. His father, Dennis Tauscher, was a former sportswriter for the Marshfield News-Herald and also worked in radio and local television.