If you work in sports media, or are just a keen-eyed observer, then you saw the news of The Athletic’s expansion into new markets as well as its $5.8 million fund raise. If not, here’s the gist.
The Athletic began last year in Chicago with a subscription-based site offering quality coverage of Chicago’s pro teams. The model has since been applied to Toronto, Cleveland and Detroit, and it’s expanding into San Fran and Philly. It’s also taking a national approach to college football and basketball.
How long before it comes to our beloved D.C.? And would it work in D.C.?
The Athletic is now in/expanding into CHI, DET, CLE, TOR and SF. Would you pay $6/mo (or $40/yr) for a D.C. version? https://t.co/iZp3Ud7Fax
— Mr. Irrelevant (@MrIrrelevantDC) July 19, 2017
That’s what we dug into on Twitter earlier this week and really got into with Dan Steinberg on our podcast yesterday. The pod takes the form of two parts (see below), with the first dedicated to Dan and I discussing this hypothetical subscription-based D.C. site. The second part is when we get to drafting our prospective staffs for said site.
The draft goes six rounds, with Dan picking first, and each squad has a salary cap within the general vicinity of $500,000. Here’s where we net out:
1. Mike Jones (Skins)
2. Thomas Boswell (general)
3. Grant Paulsen (general)
4. Chelsea Janes (Nats)
5. Peter Hassett (Caps)
6. Andrew Sharp (Wiz/Terps/Hoyas)
1. Barry Svrluga (general)
2. Ian Oland (Caps)
3. Master Tesfatsion (Skins)
4. Adam Kilgore (Nats/general)
5. @recordsandradio (social)
6. Mike Prada (Wiz)
Who ya got? Who’d we miss? Would you subscribe to this type of site?
And listen in to hear our reasoning, along with me mispronouncing the names of 50 percent of Dan’s staff.