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Jeff Passan joining ESPN

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by John B. Foster, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. John B. Foster

    John B. Foster Well-Known Member

  2. typefitter

    typefitter Well-Known Member

    Goes without saying, but Jeff's a great get for ESPN.
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  3. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    Agreed. He's excellent. Dogged reporter.
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  4. typefitter

    typefitter Well-Known Member

    He's that rare beast who can report the shit out of a breaking story, but he also writes well enough to carry a deeper dive. I feel like more often you get one or the other. He's both.
  5. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    I expected this move like a decade ago. Great talent.
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  6. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Jason Segel plays him in the movie.
  7. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    Jeff is a great get for ESPN.

    The business angle of this is very interesting. The narrative the last 3-4 years was that cord cutters were causing The Mouse to bleed money and they were being forced to shed talent. Did something change?
    tapintoamerica likes this.
  8. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    There used to be destination papers, and personal-favorite companies where journalists aimed to go. Are there that many places for well-known writers to join, where they would want to go, anymore? I feel like, for almost anyone left in the business, ESPN is practically the only "destination" now, any and all the online stuff going on notwithstanding.
  9. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    Interestingly, Passan tweeted he was happy his stuff wouldn't be behind a paywall.
  10. I wonder if he'll still get to write columns with more analysis, or will he stick to straight-ahead breaking news like Woj has since he jumped from ESPN to Yahoo? That seems to be ESPN's MO lately.

    Either way, good for Jeff. One of if not the best baseball writers doing it.
    Tweener likes this.
  11. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    ESPN's not unlike any other business that will claim losses and cut staff in one department yet spend money and hire in another. After this past Nascar season ESPN cut Bob Pockrass, who in my opinion is one of the very best reporters on anything anywhere. But it's Nascar, which is dropping like a stone and has no ties to ESPN. So that was an easy spot to cut a salary.
  12. BartonK

    BartonK Member

    I'm amazed that Yahoo Sports is even still a thing. Does it get traffic from its fantasy websites, which are sort of grandfathered in for a lot of guys in their 30s and up? (I know a guy who's been in the same Yahoo fantasy baseball league with his college buddies since 1999 or 2000)
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