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NYT's NBA writer leaves for Bleacher Report

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by CarlSpackler, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. CarlSpackler

    CarlSpackler Member

    New York Times NBA writer -- pardon me, N.B.A. writer -- Howard Beck is leaving for Bleacher Report.

    https://twitter.com/HowardBeckNYT/status/380426917687853056

    On the surface it feels a bit like Shelley Long deciding to leave Cheers for a promising career in cinema, but I guess the times really are a-changin'.
     
  2. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Along with Miami's Ethan Skolnick and LA's Kevin Ding. All announced today.
     
  3. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Apparently, someone's got some bucks to throw around.
     
  4. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    I don't think Beck is an especially good NBA writer, and he may be making a poor long-term decision, but Bleacher Report is throwing money at people. Maybe some day I'll look at it.
     
  5. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    That's just wildly uninformed.
     
  6. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    Michael,

    I gotta tell ya, Beck's stuff is pretty good.
     
  7. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    Beck is solid but I won't quibble with Michael's assessment until I see a few of his slideshow captions.
     
  8. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    So any ideas on if Bleacher Report is going to use these people properly? From what I've read, they've made promises to respectable journalists in the past, only to have them regret making the move.
     
  9. MeanGreenATO

    MeanGreenATO Member

    Beck talked to Deadspin about his move over there. The comparison between BR and Yahoo! Sports was intriguing.

    http://deadspin.com/why-howard-beck-left-the-new-york-times-for-bleacher-re-1349408343@barryap
     
  10. podunk press

    podunk press Active Member

    I don't hate the move at all. Wish him the best.
     
  11. tmr

    tmr Member

    I wonder if they'll change the name or rebrand the NBA portion of the site TurnerSports.com.
     
  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Excellent question. I won't click on anything under the Bleacher Report banner, even if they're becoming more legit with hires like this. But I (and many on this board) must be in the minority of sports fans who are turned off by the name and BR's origins.
     
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