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Kinja Kinja Oct 07, 2019. 7 comments

SI Broverlords Try To Explain Themselves In Email To Staff That Explains Nothing

SI Broverlords Try To Explain Themselves In Email To Staff That Explains Nothing

At 11:56 p.m. on Sunday night, staffers at Sports Illustrated/Maven received an email titled “A Message from SI Leadership.” The email was an attempt to do some damage control in the wake of a story Deadspin published on Friday, which detailed how SI’s new owners plan to turn the prestigious magazine into a content mill. The email obliquely refers to our story as “some highly inaccurate...

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Samer Kalaf Samer Kalaf Oct 04, 2019. 16 comments

Sports Illustrated Eventually Holds "Transition Meetings," Lays Off Half Its Staff

Sports Illustrated Eventually Holds "Transition Meetings," Lays Off Half Its Staff

After setting then canceling “transition meetings” today amid reports of substantial layoffs , Sports Illustrated management rescheduled the two meetings and finally went through with them just before the end of the day. This was despite a last-minute public plea from employees to nix a deal with TheMaven, a seedy platform that would replace a number of SI staffers with contract...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Oct 04, 2019. 5 comments

Sports Illustrated Employees Call On Parent Company To Cancel Licensing Deal With Scummy Platform

Sports Illustrated Employees Call On Parent Company To Cancel Licensing Deal With Scummy Platform

A group of Sports Illustrated employees, still uncertain what their fates will ultimately be given the sudden scheduling and then cancellation of today’s “transition meetings,” have released a statement calling on their owners to “save Sports Illustrated” by canceling their licensing deal with TheMaven, a gross platform and digital media company that seems hellbent on replacing a huge chunk...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Oct 03, 2019. 17 comments

Sports Illustrated Cancels Dreaded "Transition Meetings" 10 Minutes Before They Were Supposed To Start

Sports Illustrated Cancels Dreaded "Transition Meetings" 10 Minutes Before They Were Supposed To Start

Staffers at Sports Illustrated lived out an employee’s worst nightmare last night , when they received an email from management instructing them to report to one of two meetings at 12 p.m. today. It was clear that the employees at one of those meetings, perhaps as much as 50 percent of the staff, were going to be laid off. Things somehow managed to get worse.

Sources within the company are...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Oct 03, 2019. 15 comments

Liberty Hires Disgraced Reporter Who Got Super Racist On Barstool Sports Broadcast

Liberty Hires Disgraced Reporter Who Got Super Racist On Barstool Sports Broadcast

Liberty University, a regular clearinghouse for disgraced idiots, has once again reached into the scrap heap to create a job opportunity for someone who was rightfully booted out of their chosen profession due to a spectacular professional failure. This time it’s via their media apparatus, and the person being hauled back into the light is a former Fox Sports Florida sideline reporter whose...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Oct 02, 2019. 8 comments

Chris Stone Out As Sports Illustrated Editor-In-Chief, Layoffs Appear Imminent

Chris Stone Out As Sports Illustrated Editor-In-Chief, Layoffs Appear Imminent

Sports Illustrated is currently transitioning ownership and corporate leadership, from Meredith Corp. to Authentic Brands Group, where it will be operated by ad platform and digital media company TheMaven. That transition logged its first major editorial upheaval Tuesday, when it was announced that Editor-in-Chief Chris Stone will be leaving the publication after 27 years. From the sound of...

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Samer Kalaf Samer Kalaf Oct 01, 2019. 5 comments

Chris Mortensen Puts On A Clinic In Wife Appreciation Using The Combined Powers Of His Phone And Laptop

Chris Mortensen Puts On A Clinic In Wife Appreciation Using The Combined Powers Of His Phone And Laptop

This just in: ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen is smitten ... with his wife!

The NFL insider took a moment from breaking stories Sunday morning to announce that he and his wife Micki were celebrating their 35th anniversary. Ol’ Mort celebrated the occasion with a photo of his wife. It was unclear as to whether that was her “sultry or ‘you’re in trouble’ look,” as he described it, but either way,...

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Dom Cosentino Dom Cosentino Oct 01, 2019. 9 comments

I Love Everything About This Deshaun Watson Exchange With A Reporter

I Love Everything About This Deshaun Watson Exchange With A Reporter

There’s a clip making the rounds that shows part of Deshaun Watson’s press conference following the Texans’ loss to the Panthers on Sunday, and it’s fantastic:

Watson wasn’t trying to own The Athletic’s Aaron Reiss for asking him about “the coverage they were playing,” as at least one corner of the Twitterverse has suggested. Such a reaction implies that the question was dumb, and that the...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Sep 20, 2019. 16 comments

New York Giants Get Tired Of Mike Francesa Telling Them They Stink, Cut Ties With His Show

New York Giants Get Tired Of Mike Francesa Telling Them They Stink, Cut Ties With His Show
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Mike Francesa has really stepped in it this time. The sleepy goofus had a standing weekly interview with New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur every Monday on WFAN, but the relationship between grouchy radio host and grouchy organization has reached its breaking point. Shurmur said today he will no longer appear on...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 18, 2019. 21 comments

Heartwarming: Paul Finebaum Gets His Ass Handed To Him Over Lazy Cam Newton Take

Heartwarming: Paul Finebaum Gets His Ass Handed To Him Over Lazy Cam Newton Take

ESPN made some good TV this morning.

It started with Paul Finebaum slobbering over the “class” Eli Manning showed in getting benched:

“I think it’s the right move but I also think you have to pause for a second and respect the way Eli Manning has handled this. The Giants blew it a couple years ago, they probably should have gotten rid of him then but they held on and Eli took a beating but he...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 17, 2019. 18 comments

Join Us In Pretending Not To Know What Chris Mortensen's Rat Tweets Are About

Join Us In Pretending Not To Know What Chris Mortensen's Rat Tweets Are About

Yesterday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen tweeted out a series of rat emojis.

He tweeted the first rat at 6:36 p.m., shortly after NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that Jalen Ramsey had requested a trade , which was exactly one minute after ESPN’s Adam Schefter, along with Mortensen, had broken that news.

Mortensen sent the second rat tweet (two rats) at 10:14 p.m., four minutes after Rapoport...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 17, 2019. 6 comments

Massages, Five-Star Hotels, Porsches, And... Mayo-Slathered Sushi?: Tennis Writers Reveal Best (And Worst) Tournament Perks

Massages, Five-Star Hotels, Porsches, And... Mayo-Slathered Sushi?: Tennis Writers Reveal Best (And Worst) Tournament Perks

As a rube who has only ever covered one tennis tournament—the U.S. Open (once in 2017 and once this year)—I was blown away by the perks given to credentialed media: $25 per diem to spend on food around the grounds or in the media cafeteria! Great seats! Free parking! Shuttles to and from the hotels! And until recently, I’ve been told, the tournament also held a daily happy hour for media...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 14, 2019. 19 comments

SB Nation Deletes Racist Article Full Of Jokes About Domestic Violence

SB Nation Deletes Racist Article Full Of Jokes About Domestic Violence

One unfortunate side effect of having thousands of lowly paid people running a network of hundreds of team sites that drive traffic for a billion-dollar company, is that there’s not a whole lot of time for proper editorial vetting. This problem has manifested itself at SB Nation on numerous occasions , and it’s happened again today with this work of “satire,” written by Tyler Smith, the...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Aug 23, 2019. 13 comments

ESPN's ACC Network Will Rely On Cheap Student Labor

ESPN's ACC Network Will Rely On Cheap Student Labor

The long-anticipated ACC Network launches tonight. The network, which includes a linear TV channel and a digital streaming platform, will be owned by ESPN with revenues and cost split by ESPN and the ACC, but the specifics of that arrangement—who bears what costs and who gets what percentage of the revenue—are unclear. In its press release, ESPN wrote:

Approximately 450 live contests including...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Aug 22, 2019. 16 comments

Astros Bar Reporter From Postgame Presser At Justin Verlander's Request

Astros Bar Reporter From Postgame Presser At Justin Verlander's Request

A Detroit Free Press reporter was barred from the Houston Astros’ postgame press conference last night because Justin Verlander said he would refuse to speak with media if the reporter was present.

Anthony Fenech, who has covered the Detroit Tigers for the Free Press for four years, was blocked from entering the press conference, which is a violation of the Baseball Writers Association of...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Aug 15, 2019. 7 comments

The Athletic Can't Stop Humping Useless Butter Coffee

The Athletic Can't Stop Humping Useless Butter Coffee

Here’s a question: What would happen if you combined the vapidity of ubiquitous trend pieces about athletes eating and drinking things with the cravenness of brand subservience? You’d probably end up with something like this article from The Athletic.

On one level, the point of this article is simply to pretend like the fact that Nick Foles is no longer around to brew coffee for the rest of...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Aug 12, 2019. 12 comments

Sports Media's Bias Against Men Doesn't Prevent Ed Werder From Getting His Old Job Back

Sports Media's Bias Against Men Doesn't Prevent Ed Werder From Getting His Old Job Back

Remember last year when Ed Werder, who was laid off from ESPN in 2017, went on a Twitter rant about how people who encouraged women to apply for jobs in sports were “disqualifying” men from getting those jobs? Remember when he pretended that there wasn’t a massive gender imbalance in sports media in favor of white men like himself, and when he implied that actively promoting diversity in the...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Aug 06, 2019. 19 comments

Let's Do The Math On The Athletic

Let's Do The Math On The Athletic

The Athletic, the subscription-based sports news startup aiming to make local newspaper sports sections obsolete , has all the momentum in the world. It’s raised more than $90 million in venture-capital funding, has expanded to nearly 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada, and is now launching English Premier League coverage across the pond. From one angle, it’s a shining example of Silicon Valley...

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Samer Kalaf Samer Kalaf Jul 30, 2019. 11 comments

Jimmy Pitaro Says The Research Shows Viewers Like ESPN Best When It's A Bland Paste

Jimmy Pitaro Says The Research Shows Viewers Like ESPN Best When It's A Bland Paste

ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro’s purpose has been clear from the start —he is the massager of the balls , there to soothe the company’s corporate interests, the reactionary to predecessor John Skipper . But with employee Dan Le Batard’s honest and true radio rant two weeks ago about how a “stick to sports” philosophy is “cowardly,” Pitaro’s had to defend his strategy. To do so, he resorted to...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Jul 24, 2019. 5 comments

Yahoo's Bold New Sports Media Strategy No Longer Includes Buying And Selling Mets Coverage

Yahoo's Bold New Sports Media Strategy No Longer Includes Buying And Selling Mets Coverage

Add the Queens Baseball Club, later renamed the Flushing Meadows Baseball Club, to the pile of abandoned ideas that were meant to turn sports media into a lucrative business. As reported by the New York Post, Yahoo Sports’ plan to buy coverage from the New York Mets and then sell that coverage to readers in the form of subscriptions is finally dead and buried.

From the Post:

The Post has...

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