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Clay Travis on the most searched sportswriters

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Simon, May 24, 2011.

  1. Simon

    Simon Active Member

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Headline: "Clay Travis Reports That Clay Travis Needs To Get PAID, Motherfuckers!"

    Using Reilly's salary as a gauge of online sportswriter worth is like saying every pitcher who is better than Barry Zito deserves to make more than $18 million a year.
  3. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Younger consumers (love that phrase for readers, says it all) want to read columnists they've seen on TV. Younger consumers who DO read local columnists, however, might actually, you know BUY the local paper someday.
  4. Boomer7

    Boomer7 Active Member

    Sabre metrics really peaked in 1999, but the concept lost steam when Brett Hull scored that disputed goal.
  5. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I'd never heard of Clay Travis before this thread. I guess I should Google him.
  6. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Clay was on my crew at FanHouse. Great guy. Miss working with him. And everything we posted of his drew good traffic. We were all pretty much amazed he wasn't one of the ones kept in the transition.
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Also the parasite who thought it would be funny to ask Tim Tebow if he's still a virgin..
  8. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    That's b/c every younger "consumer" thinks he knows more about the team than the local columnist.
  9. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Except he's convinced he's the best writer ever and his stuff doesn't stink. Aside from an ego as massive as the Grand Canyon, he's all right.
  10. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Active Member

    Travis's post is obviously self-promoting. But I think in today's economic environment any sports journalist who passes on a chance to build his brand name is a troglodyte, so my comment is offered as praise.

    I agree with his larger point that sports writing will eventually become driven by metrics. For example, if I was ESPN management I might think about pushing Forde up to the home page rather than Wojciechowski based upon the number of hits each receives.
  11. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I'm always surprised how little time I spend on ESPN.com. Usually chock full of previews of stuff airing on ESPN, off-field stuff about players injuries etc. on the front page - but nothing really newsy.
    I tend to spend more time with SI columnists (King, Mandel, JoPo), I dig Wetzel, and I'll sometimes pick something off of Real Clear Sports.
  12. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Travis has a good premise, but including himself made him seem like a whiny brat. And, while he's very talented, he's always come across as a whiny brat. So that makes sense.
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