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At what point should we start taking Bleacher Report seriously?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by H.L. Mencken, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. H.L. Mencken

    H.L. Mencken Member

    I suspect never for some.

    But Ric Bucher signed with them today.

  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    When they start doing serious work?
    I throw that out in part to be a wiseass, but mostly I don't know. I don't read Bleacher Report, and I'm sure someone will let me know when it is time to start.

    Where was Bucher most recently?
  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    He has a radio show in the Bay Area (95.7 FM) and has been writing for the Comcast channel here.

    Had a great entry in the Joe Thornton Euphemism Game. Said Thornton told the media that if he scored four goals, he'd "show off his MVP-ness."
  4. H.L. Mencken

    H.L. Mencken Member

    It's going to take awhile for the stink they covered themselves in for a decade to wash off. But clearly signing Beck, Slotnick, Ding, Freeman and Bucher represent at least a slight push for more credibility and less SEO headline rape. (15 Reasons Why You Should Take BR Seriously Right Now!) It's clear Turner saw a limited growth model in a hive arm churning out nothing but content aggregating listicles. They have to be spending a lot of money on some of these guys.

    I suppose time will tell if it really represents a shift, or if it's just temporary.
  5. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    I've found it interesting Jason King, one of the best college basketball writers around, has been tweeting links to other peoples' Bleacher Report stories lately. At first I skipped over the links, but I eventually clicked on a couple and they weren't bad.

    The most recent was an in-depth piece on shoe companies angling to sign Andrew Wiggins once he declares for the draft.
  6. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Adding Ric Bucher is not a step in the direction of respectability.
  7. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Well, he's no Andy Auger.
  8. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I don't know if people take Buzzfeed "seriously", but it sounds like a similar strategy. They still run lists, and cat pictures, but they've also hired a bunch of news and political writers.

    I imagine BR will try to have a similar mix with their sports coverage.
  9. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    I don't seek out anything on Buzzfeed, but I see its stuff linked a lot. When I see the lists or slideshows or whatever, they usually are reasonably funny, clever or interesting.

    Bleacher Report's always seemed like they were put together by a fourth grader who would admit he didn't put any thought into it.
  10. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    "I put two seconds thought into that statement."

    -- 93Devil
  11. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    But it might be an acknowledgement, when it's time to have someone do the CNN crossover talking-head bits, that BR's other NBA writers are, well, writers when it comes to TV.

    As for the thread topic specifically, I long ago vowed never to click through or even on another BR slideshow.
  12. SnarkShark

    SnarkShark Well-Known Member

    Bleacher Report should have been taken seriously a long time ago, when it first became a multimillion dollar venture.

    We may not have liked it (I still can't stand it), but it's successful. In this case, it wasn't by accident. Sure, the content was/still is awful, but the execution in a business sense is genius as much as it is devious to our business.
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