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ESPN.com Local Sites

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Gator_Hawks, May 18, 2011.

  1. Gator_Hawks

    Gator_Hawks Member

    These things were popping up all over the map: Chicago, LA, NYC, Dallas, Boston...

    Are there plans to expand into more markets?
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    You have a small map.
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    There are quite a few "unoffical" ones that are struggling a lot.

    Those five seem to be doing very well.
  4. Gator_Hawks

    Gator_Hawks Member

    I'm not aware of any official ESPN.com local sites other than Chicago, Boston, LA, NY and Dallas (I'm not talking about local espn radio web sites).

    I'm asking if anyone knows about plans to expand to other markets with the big espn.com local type of sites.
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Nope. No expansion from the current five are in the works. The last one to launch was New York more than a year ago.
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    They're gonna call me if they expand to Cleveland, though.
  7. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    No they're not.
  8. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Yeah because they know he's just going to leave in 2 months and go to the Plain-Dealer.
  9. Ice9

    Ice9 Member

    Just thinking aloud here...Philly would be the next logical step, followed by DC.
  10. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Philly would be a very, very difficult nut to crack. Comcast runs Philadelphia. In addition, Philly.com has been a success in terms of traffic (even if it has many, many flaws), and a unified front between the Daily News and Inquirer would be tough to compete against.

    With all that said, Philadelphia makes a lot of sense as a sports-crazy town that doesn't ever stop caring.

    Washington would've been the perfect market to move into about three months ago because The Washington Times hadn't rebooted, and the Post (as well as the lesser-than-Philly Comcast presence) would have been the only real competition. In addition, at least a couple of the writers from the Times staff, including a few not back on the new staff, have followings that would have been a natural fit. It's still a very viable market to crash, and I would think it would be wise to make it ESPN Beltway, not ESPN DC, because Baltimore has a rich fanbase and the Sun has taken so many hits in the sports department that it wouldn't be difficult to compete with them even if you limited the allocated resources.

    I could see San Francisco, Phoenix, St. Louis, Denver and Minnesota as other viable markets to crash in the early going.
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I keep hearing somewhere in Florida (likely Miami) is next.
  12. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    That's what I thought would be next, what with LeBron's talents being there.
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