A group of sportswriters with varied and impressive resumes are together hoping to launch a new daily web publication called The Classical, which “will deliver several regular columns, a host of quick, random goodness, and a fun, smart community for talking about the sports world….We will make no attempt to be comprehensive, or even to offer a reliable guide to the world of sport at a given moment. We will not try to be a smarter version of what you can find elsewhere. Instead, The Classical will be a running, wide-ranging conversation between us and our readers about baseball, basketball, soccer, football and fighting, and about things that aren’t sports, too. Our model in this regard is The Awl, a site for which many of us have written and which all of us love.”
The writers involved include Tim Marchman, who’s written for Sports llustrated; Bethlehem Shoals, who’s the co-founder of Free Darko and has written for GQ, Sports Illustrated and Deadspin; and Lang Whitaker, who is SLAM Magazine‘s editor-at-large.
The gist of this site will probably remind many of Bill Simmons‘ new website Grantland. Unlike Simmons’ vehicle, however, The Classical (origin of name unknown) is not flush with ESPN cash. In fact the site will only get moving if its raises $50,000 on Kickstarter by September 29. As of 1 p.m., $3K had been raised.
Good luck, folks.