Grantland was shutdown last Friday afternoon. It wasn’t the most college basketball-centric site which is OK. CBB doesn’t draw gross amounts of eyeballs. And while we can be upset about the end of this site because we’re selfish consumers of their great product, I think I understand this move from ESPN. When have they ever been dedicated to digital media? There have been just nominal changes to the ESPN homepage and UX (amongst my favorite subjects) in the past 15 years. Universally, we’re still trying to figure how to monetize digital journalism. And while Grantland delivered some of our favorite, it wasn’t necessarily in line with the ESPN-way. Of course there’s the Simmons-Skipper dick measuring competition that needlessly cost us great content. But if ESPN is indeed losing market share and their direction is to cut costs at the “talent” level, then I get this. And talent endures. You’ll still read your favorite writers as their careers and digital journalism evolves. For today’s #34B, a few of my all-time favorites:
What an awesome couple of years, though.
— Andrew Sharp (@andrewsharp) October 30, 2015
- The consequences of caring – Because #SPORTS
- Confessions of a former die hard – Particularly relevant as Lowe’s Met’s fell last night. Always care.
- The Life and Death of Fandom – As much as Lowe wants you to think he’s a soulless, carefree sports abosrber, he’s not. Can’t be. You don’t write like he does without hope.
- Daring to ask the PED question – Happy to take this one offline. Lots of thoughts on the PED conversation but when it comes to baseball, no amount of needles in your ass will help you hit a 98mph sphere.