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Holy Shit, The Athletic Just Swiped A Bunch Of NFL Beat Writers Holy Shit, The Athletic Just Swiped A Bunch Of NFL Beat Writers

The Athletic is committed to pulverizing newspapers, and it brought out the sledgehammer today. The site announced the launch of six new localized verticals plus additional football coverage in four cities in which it already had a presence:

There Are No Clean Hands In The Latest WWE Twitter Blow-Up There Are No Clean Hands In The Latest WWE Twitter Blow-Up

Pro wrestling Twitter completely imploded on Wednesday. Well, more than usual.

Athletic Writer Throws Fit Over Rhode Island Not Giving Into Stadium Financing Scheme Athletic Writer Throws Fit Over Rhode Island Not Giving Into Stadium Financing Scheme

A hot new sports media startup may not be the place you’d expect to find a braindead take lifted straight from a dead-tree columnist’s 1996 notebook, but then you remember that The Athletic, in its quest to destroy all print sports sections, did hire plenty of middle-aged white guys. One of those guys is Joe McDonald,…

Oh, Good, Now The Sports Media Is Slurping Up Elon Musk's Bullshit Oh, Good, Now The Sports Media Is Slurping Up Elon Musk's Bullshit

Go to any sports website today and you are likely to see a headline about Tesla founder Elon Musk’s brilliant new plan to alleviate traffic before and after Los Angeles Dodgers games. ESPN: “Elon Musk’s tunnel company aims to reduce Dodger Stadium traffic with ‘Dugout Loop.’” Sports Illustrated: “Elon Musk Proposes…

The Clippers Are Embarrassingly Thirsty For Kawhi Leonard The Clippers Are Embarrassingly Thirsty For Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard wasn’t happy to be in San Antonio. Now, he’s not happy to be in Toronto. Regardless of his feelings, he’ll be stuck in Canada for the foreseeable future on a year-long recruiting pitch, all while he’s seemingly got his sights set on his hometown of Los Angeles. As Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne…

Meet The Reddit User Who Keeps Beating Powerful NBA Reporters To Scoops Meet The Reddit User Who Keeps Beating Powerful NBA Reporters To Scoops

On July 24, NBA scoopmaster Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that Kevin Love had signed an extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers. As is often the case, Wojnarowski was the first person on Twitter to report the news. But in the wider realm of the NBA internet, Wojnarowski’s tweet was stale. The week before, someone on…

SB Nation Is Paying Workers As Little As $3 Per Blog Post

What’s a fair amount for a billion-dollar company to pay a writer for reporting, writing, and publishing one post per day on the company’s website? Two posts per day? One post per week? Two posts per week? These are the questions Vox Media and SB Nation are batting back and forth as they grind their way, ever so slowly

How Is This Shit Legal How Is This Shit Legal

This past spring, Michael Ferro resigned as chairman of publicly traded media-looting hell-company Tronc, Inc., just ahead of the publication of sexual harassment allegations against him. As a parting gift, Tronc paid him $15 million, voluntarily bundling up the total value of a three-year consulting contract into one…

Weird-As-Hell USA Today Blog Reads Like Ad Copy For The Qatar World Cup Weird-As-Hell USA Today Blog Reads Like Ad Copy For The Qatar World Cup

We’re all in agreement that holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is a bad idea, right? Like, historically bad, since both the oppressive heat and the lack of infrastructure make the tournament such a logistical nightmare that it has to be played in December, with an entire city created from scratch to host the final.…

Bleacher Report Founder Wins Right To Put His Sweaty Hands All Over The Gawker Archives Bleacher Report Founder Wins Right To Put His Sweaty Hands All Over The Gawker Archives

The archives of our former sister site Gawker now belong to this goon. Bryan Goldberg, the founder of Bleacher Report, a sports site for idiots, and Bustle, the women’s site that assumes women are stupid, won the rights to the defunct Gawker.com in a bankruptcy auction today, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

They Aren't Your Friends They Aren't Your Friends

A good cover letter apparently should open with an anecdote that displays grit and character and perseverance; it should not just come right out and beg for it. Before I had the slightest idea about any of this, I’d lead with a story about interviewing actor and Deadspin commenter Jon Hamm as a mostly untrained…

Why Are So Many People Demanding Redemption For Luke Heimlich? Why Are So Many People Demanding Redemption For Luke Heimlich?

Before there was the ongoing Luke Heimlich redemption tour, the paint-by-numbers SI profile, and the Kansas City Royals pulling from the Promise Keepers playbook, there was the promising football draft pick who made the mistakes of smoking pot and taking money for his work.

Getty Images Apologizes For Getting Horny Over World Cup Fans Getty Images Apologizes For Getting Horny Over World Cup Fans

The World Cup is a time to feel great pride for your country, to find an excuse to drink before noon, and to appreciate the athletic feats of some of the finest athletes on the planet. If you work at Getty Images, it is also a time to scope out hot babes in the stands and get all horned up.

Weird FS1 Segment: Say What You Will About Joseph Stalin, But He Had A Sick House Weird FS1 Segment: Say What You Will About Joseph Stalin, But He Had A Sick House

Today’s World Cup coverage on Fox Sports 1 featured a short segment produced by National Geographic, in which a reporter gave viewers a light-hearted tour of Joseph Stalin’s dacha while going to some remarkable lengths to avoid mentioning that Stalin was a brutal dictator who was responsible for the deaths of millions…

SB Nation May Like The Brands More Than Good Interviews SB Nation May Like The Brands More Than Good Interviews

SB Nation published a blog about how Joel Embiid likes a soda that the soda company pays him to say he likes. Yes, it’s as embarrassing and pointless as it sounds.

Boston Globe Columnist Gets Three-Month Unpaid Suspension For Marathon Bombing Story Fabrications Boston Globe Columnist Gets Three-Month Unpaid Suspension For Marathon Bombing Story Fabrications

The Boston Globe has concluded its reviews of columnist Kevin Cullen’s work and will suspend him for three months without pay, after WEEI radio host Kirk Minihane scrutinized Cullen’s column on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and found several inconsistencies.

So Who Is Barstool's PFT Commenter?  So Who Is Barstool's PFT Commenter? 

Every so often, some publication or other—often a fancy one—will run a fawning profile of PFT Commenter, the sports satirist who works for Barstool Sports and co-created the wildly popular comedy podcast Pardon My Take. These profiles are all more or less the same.

It Sure Seems Like Nobody Running Any Sports Team Knows How To Run A Basic Background Check It Sure Seems Like Nobody Running Any Sports Team Knows How To Run A Basic Background Check

The Luke Heimlich redemption tour carried on this week, cresting with the full Sports Illustrated feature treatment. There are thousands of words, a serious-faced cover photo, an alliterative headline, randomly capitalized words (“the era of Too Much Information” comes up twice), and all the fancy online bells and…

SB Nation Is Still Exploiting Workers, But In A Kinder, Gentler Way

In the nine months since Deadspin reported on how SB Nation’s business model relies on underpaying and not paying workers across its sprawling empire of more than 300 sports sites—“team sites,” as the jargon goes—bosses at SB Nation and its parent company, Vox Media, have put in a lot of work to make clear to people…

The Athletic Has Inflicted Rick Reilly Upon You The Athletic Has Inflicted Rick Reilly Upon You

If you are subscriber to The Athletic, I have some bad news for you:

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