Earlier this week, two pioneers of new media and blogging, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post and Mr. Irrelevant’s Jamie Mottram (the creator of For The Win and FanHouse), held a podcast about one of the more fascinating developments in sports journalism.
The Athletic, a successful subscription-based site started last year, has raised $5.8 million in funding and is expanding into new markets. The Athletic first began in Chicago, offering quality coverage of its pro sports teams. The model has since been applied to Toronto, Cleveland, and Detroit, and will be expanding into the San Francisco and Philadelphia markets. It’s also going to cover college football and basketball nationally.
In part one of Steinberg and Mottram’s talk, they reference flavors of Cheez-Its and Guns N’ Roses albums from 1991. They also discuss how a subscription-based service like The Athletic would translate in DC.
In part two, they conduct a media fantasy draft to pick the best writers for this regional site. You’re going to hear a couple familiar names and no, one of them is not me, so, Mom, don’t get your hopes up.
Via Mr. Irrelvant, here are the picks.
The draft goes six rounds, with Dan picking first, and each squad has a salary cap within the general vicinity of $500,000.
1. Mike Jones, The Washington Post (Skins)
2. Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post (General)
3. Grant Paulsen, 106.7 The Fan and CSNMA (General)
4. Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post (Nats)
5. Peter Hassett, RMNB (Caps)
6. Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated and formerly Grantland (Wiz/Terps/Hoyas)
1. Barry Svrluga, The Washington Post (General)
2. Ian Oland, RMNB (Caps)
3. Master Tesfatsion, The Washington Post (Skins)
4. Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post (Nats/General)
5. @recordsandradio, Twitter (Social)
6. Mike Prada, SB Nation (Wiz)
A few observations from your pal CFTC.
Time for bit of a PSA.
Mottram: “I don’t know that I would pay for a DC sports site, because I just don’t need that in my life, like I said, I’m already paying for the Post, there’s a lot of stuff out there freely available. But, I’d wanna support a DC sports site. It’s almost like a philanthropic thing to support journalism, especially right now even if it’s about sports.”
Steinberg: “Can I put you on the spot then? Have you given money to Russian Machine, which has held various fundraising drives over the years to pay their writers?”
Mottram: “I haven’t given a dime and that wasn’t a conscious choice, like ‘I’m not paying those bastards’ or whatever. I just never really thought to make that decision one way or the other.”
This is the right time for a small reminder of sorts. If you were wondering how to financially support RMNB (which will never be a requirement), we do have a Patreon where you can receive exclusive content, participate in a rousing group chat, and other stuff in exchange for your fiscal generosity.
Lastly, we’d like to thank Dan and Jamie for their kind words about the Caps coverage that we do on RMNB. Very much appreciated, gents, and it means a lot coming from you two.
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