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Bleacher Report Illustrates a Few Sports Cliches

Here’s some well done summer fun.

In partnership with New York-based illustrator Henry Kaye, Sports Bleacher compiled cartoon reminders of some of the sayings we hear repeated far too often by athletes and journalists covering sports events.

The article, bylined as having been written by Social Media Staff and Correspondent, doesn’t do quite the job it should have in terms of picking the best 15 cliches. But the drawings by Kaye more than make up for that:

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Bleacher Report Co-Founder Readying New Verticals

Speak of the devil. On Friday, we highlighted a fantastic Bleacher Report long read by author and journalist Jeff Pearlman. Today, the co-founder of that site, David Nemetz, has briefly outlined his plans for several forthcoming “deep-think” content portals.

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From a report by journalism.co.uk’s Alistair Reid, who is attending this week’s WAN-IFRA Digital Media Europe conference in London:

Nemetz told delegates he was looking to follow the success of Bleacher Report by launching titles on science, history, nature, travel and other topics that readers find inspirational… “It’s going to be very mobile-centric and highly visual,” Nemetz told kournalism.co.uk, stressing that the project is still in its early stages.

“We have the benefit of seeing where things are going to – build our product to be mobile-first from the ground up – and not start on desktop and convert it to mobile,” he said.

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Reporter Revisits Sports Illustrated John Rocker Profile

Great long read on Bleacher Report from Jeff Pearlman, author of an infamous December 1999 Sports Illustrated feature on then-Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker. Pearlman’s original SI piece was spiked, but when his editor assigned him to revisit Rocker after the end of that year’s MLB season, the floodgates opened in the form of a mountain of controversial quotes.

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Despite subsequent accusations and denials by Rocker, Pearlman restates for the record that nothing was taken out of context or “pieced together.” He also runs down three “funny” things about article, starting with this fascinating bit of issue obfuscation:

The piece ran in the final Sports Illustrated issue of the 20th century — which included, arguably, the biggest undertaking in the magazine’s history. Bill Colson, the managing editor, wanted to compile a list of the top 50 athletes of the century for every state, coupled with 50 different covers. The daunting (and truly awful) task of finding and ranking the athletes fell upon three of us—myself, Steve Cannella and Mark Bechtel.

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Bleacher Report Ups NBA Game, Hires Howard Beck, Kevin Ding, Ethan Skolnick, Jared Zwerling

This is what you call one hell of a power move: Bleacher Report — much maligned for its lackluster content — has just hired four talented journalists. Howard Beck, Kevin Ding, Ethan Skolnick and Jared Zwerling are all joining the site, each contributing to the expansion of BR’s NBA coverage.

Beck is leaving The New York Times for BR. As any Knicks fan will tell you, Beck was the man for team news, and he’ll be missed. He joins BR as its national NBA writer. Ding comes to BR from The Orange County Register, where he had been the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer since 1999. He will continue to cover the Lakers for BR. Skolnick will be BR’s Miami Heat writer. He comes packing 17 years of experience with the Palm Beach Post, the Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Zwerling joins BR from ESPN.com, where he covered the Knicks and some team called the Brooklyn Nets. Never heard of them. Zwerling will serve as BR’s NBA analyst.

Skolnick, Ding and Zwerling’s appointments are effective immediately. Beck starts on September 23.

Bleacher Report Founder Launches Women-Centric Site

Bryan Goldberg, the founder of Bleacher Report, is bringing his ideas  — love them or hate them — to women. His new site, Bustle, is now live. Goldberg described Bustle as “next generation” about 17 times in an interview with Business Insider, so we guess that’s what it is.

While there’s plenty of B/R inspired content on Bustle (“6 News Stories That (Briefly) Freaked People Out” is the most popular article right now) at least all of Bustle’s writers are paid. And Goldberg explains in a post on PandoDaily that the editorial team  — an all female cast — was collected from “Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Daily Beast, TheStir, Seventeen, and other top publications” so there’s some real talent there.

Goldberg raised $6.5 million to launch Bustle, so you can expect it to stick around. Only time will tell if people will be happy about that.

Mark Cuban Takes a Jab at LA Times for Bleacher Report Content

Add Dallas Mavericks owner and businessman Mark Cuban to the list of folks who are skeptical when it comes to content on Bleacher Report.

And while the sports websites has made strides towards improving their credibility by hiring writers you’ve actually heard of, they are still the king of the pointless slideshows.

This hasn’t stopped the LATimes.com from featuring Bleacher Report content on their website.

I know I can’t be the only person who has gone to LATimes.com and clicked on a story, only to discover that it wasn’t content from their website but from Bleacher Report.

And by content, I mean a list, slideshow, or article dripping of sensationalism.

Glad to know I wasn’t the only person turned off by that partnership.

Deadspin Adopts New Format, Readers Understandably Go Nuts

Deadspin has flipped over to the Kinja format, and its readers are not happy about it. Kinja, according to Deadpin’s editor, Tommy Craggs, “break[s] down the wall between readers and writers” by essentially asking readers to create their own blogs using the platform, which Deadspin could use as well:

Your blog will look like any other in the Kinjaverse, including ours. As I say, you’ll have access to all the same tools, which include fun new toys like image annotation (more on which later). Any Kinja user can follow you. With the push of a button, you can republish stories from our site; we’ll likewise be able to republish stories from yours. Some of you may have some (justifiable) proprietary concerns about this arrangement. Don’t worry: You’ll get the byline, the credit, and the traffic.

In other words, Deadspin gets to mine readers’ creations and enjoy the traffic that rolls in and readers get to… Blog. You can see why Deadspin’s readers are a little annoyed. As one commenter explained, “If you use our stuff, we don’t get paid.” Craggs is quick to point out that “for now” republishing is only a link and a bit of text, but the countdown until Deadspin uses bloggers’ entire posts has officially begun.

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Deadspin Criticizes Bleacher Report for Being Like Deadspin [Update]

Most sports fan know that Bleacher Report is a site filled with mostly unintelligent content created in such a way that it garners the most page views possible. Almost every post is either a giant exaggeration or a list of some kind. And that’s fine. Sometimes it’s fun to click through a slideshow of “The 10 Most Overrated Socks in The NFL.” But Deadspin doesn’t think there’s anything good about BR, as evidenced by a post today.

Deadspin links to a SF Weekly piece about BR and picks out a bunch of sections to show just how terrible BR can be. Deadspin says that BR uses a team to analyze trends so that the site’s articles will attract hits, that BR’s headlines are purposely misleading and that the site  is “every bad or degrading moment anyone’s ever had in journalism, all strung together and turned into machine-certified corporate policy.”

That is all sort of true! But, uh, isn’t this the pot calling the kettle black? After all, Deadspin is a site most famous for posting a picture of Brett Favre’s sausage, and we’re not talking about an Instagrammed brunch.

Deadspin’s post even admits that they take similar tactics to BR, so why even post the hit piece in the first place? It’s almost like Deadspin went overboard with its opinion just to attract readers. What an odd thing to do.

UPDATE:
Tommy Craggs, Deadspin’s editor-in-chief, just wrote me about this post. He proclaimed that my take was both “fucking stupid” and “fucking idiotic,” which I think means he loved it. The exchange between Craggs and I is below.

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Time Warner Buys Bleacher Report

Bloomberg is reporting that Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting System is purchasing the sports site Bleacher Report, for “less than $200 million.”

Bleacher Report was founded in 2006 by four friends, three of whom remain with the site as of now. According to Bloomberg, Bleacher Report gets about 10 million hits per month.

Bleacher Report also depends on a lot of its writers creating content for free. No word on if Turner’s acquisition will change that.