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Sporting News/AOL Fanhouse

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by mediaguy, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. Andy _ Kent

    Andy _ Kent Member


    I just PM'd you. Yeah, this was an unexpected hit on my end as well. Oy!

  2. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    The real punch in the gut is the head-swiveling 180. What happened to the patience we were told AOL would exercise with turning itself into a content machine? What happened to the idea that it had to differentiate itself in order to survive in a world in which the entire world uses Google as its search engine?

    Not considered at all, of course, is what happens to the writers and editors who left what they thought were endangered jobs for the security of the Internet. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us four billion times...

    Just terrible. Not surprising, but terrible.
  3. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    BYH has this nailed. He's a smart guy.
  4. Larry Holder

    Larry Holder New Member

    This sucks for the industry in general. I feel for you, Moddy. Too many good people working there for this to happen.
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    AOL's history demonstrates that no promise is sacred or safe or even lightly considered when they plot their next step. Not that it sucks any less for those involved, but that alone answers the question of the "head-swiveling 180."
  6. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

  7. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    Broken link, but he said roughly 70 full time freelance positions would be cut.
  8. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I'd prefer it stay broken, thanks.
  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I don't doubt that this sucks for Moddy & the folks at Fanhouse.

    But, I will say that Jeff Price is one of the first and the best people I met in the sports business world.

    I met his at a conference when he headed up sports marketing at MasterCard and sold him my first big sponsorship deal shortly thereafter.

    Best of luck to everyone at Fanhouse.
  10. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    SBB also says 5-6 FT writers out of 26 will be kept. Blackistone is one.

    AOL = bunch of whores.
  11. lono

    lono Active Member

    Moddy, my thoughts are with you. I hate this for you and all involved.
  12. Fran Curci

    Fran Curci Well-Known Member

    I dealt last year with the AOL sports boss; Ridge? Very unpleasant experience.
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