July 28, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 10 comments

Remember when the Deadspin staff all resigned en masse? Well, they have started a new blog: Defector

Edited to Add:
It's a subscription model with a podcast starting in August and the site starting in September.

posted by NoMich at 08:35 AM on July 28

A subscription model sports website which has "Without Access" in their mission statement? I wish them luck as SBNation and Deadspin have had a noticeable decline in content quality as those venues sold out to other media companies and original content creators left.

In 2019 I had the fortune to discover "The Athletic," which is a subscription model sports journalism platform which has access.

posted by FLsportsman at 09:17 AM on July 28

The podcast route is a proven field with recent monied success (ex: Pat McAfee's show), especially if it is combined with sports gambling (McAfee's multi-year deal with FanDuel ).

BarStool appears to have built a big platform based off of a couple successful podcasts, merch/partnerships, and a whole bunch of trash articles.

posted by FLsportsman at 09:24 AM on July 28

I've said it before here and elsewhere, The Athletic is worth every penny that you pay for it.

It looks like I have a referral link for five folks that will give you full access for 30 days. Not sure if it's cool to share that here, though.

posted by NoMich at 09:27 AM on July 28

It's cool.

posted by rcade at 10:50 AM on July 28

Totally agree NoMich. It's where I do 95% of my sports-reading these days. I'm always tempted to post articles here but since it's pay-walled I keep hesitating.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:16 AM on July 28

I am not yet an Athletic supporter, although I've been called worse.

posted by beaverboard at 12:06 PM on July 28

OK, cool. Here's one link that someone can try:

https://theathletic.com/gp/twx7fm31bi

posted by NoMich at 12:06 PM on July 28

Deadspin have had a noticeable decline in content quality as those venues sold out to other media companies

That's kind of the point--when Deadspin went corporate and the vulture capital overlords demanded that they stick to sports, they jumped ship en masse. The decline was a function of all writers leaving, rather than just the sell-out.

To me, Deadspin's writing staff is a known and appreciated commodity that has been sorely missed since they shut it down. I'm excited for the new project.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:58 PM on July 29

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