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Bill Simmons launching new website - and hiring writers

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Small Town Guy, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    I think this will be a pretty good site. Simmons is starting a new site that will start in the spring. It will be 70 percent sports, 29 percent pop culture, 1 percent Karate Kid.

    http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Morning-Buzz/2011/02/18/simmons.aspx

    Chuck Klosterman and Katie Baker are two of the first hires. I've always wished Klosterman would write more about sports, so I think he'll be tremendous with the site. There will be 8 to 12 full-time writers, then freelance.
     
  2. Bucknutty

    Bucknutty Member

    So where do I send my resume?
     
  3. ChrisMaza

    ChrisMaza Member

    What he said.
     
  4. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Who's actually running the business side of this enterprise? Or is it under the ESPN umbrella, in which case Bill could do all right with it.
     
  5. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    From what I've read, it's owned by ESPN but not branded as such.
     
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    If ESPN's not backing it, I'd rather take my chances working for Lenny Dykstra.
     
  7. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    Is Simmons "hiring writers"?

    Or handpicking them?
     
  8. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    It sounds like I would enjoy reading every writer on Bill Simmons' site except Bill Simmons.
     
  9. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    Interesting philosophy. Has this been done elsewhere online?

    https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2011/02/Feb-18/Media/Simmons.aspx

     
  10. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Hopefully his budget allows for a fact checker.
     
  11. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    "The site will not become a slave to page views" ... that's a noble sentiment but probably unrealistic for the interwebs.
     
  12. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    If, and it's a big if, those sponsors Bill talks about buy in as part of a package they buy from ESPN, it's actually a doable idea. If not, this won't last long. At least it's an idea. I wish it very well.
     
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