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Multiple Deadspin Writers Announce Their Exit

“At least seven staffers quit Wednesday, announcing their departures from Deadspin on Twitter.”

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Deadspin is still breathing, but the popular sports blog and website will no longer be the same as it operates under new guidelines with new writers. After editor-in-chief Barry Petchesky was fired Tuesday for ‘not sticking to sports’, a site-wide exodus ensued Wednesday.

At least seven staffers quit Wednesday, announcing their departures from Deadspin on Twitter. The staff-changes come after recent mandates and policy changes by Deadspin’s ownership G/O Media, requiring writers to stick to sports.

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A G/O spokesperson released the following statement in response to the resignations: “They resigned and we’re sorry that they couldn’t work within this incredibly broad coverage mandate. We’re excited about Deadspin’s future and we’ll have some important updates in the coming days.”

The stick to sports mandate for Deadspin came via a memo from G/O Media’s Editorial Director Paul Maidment Monday. 

“Where such subjects touch on sports, they are fair game for Deadspin. Where they do not, they are not. We have plenty of other sites that write about politics, pop culture, the arts, and the rest, and they’re the appropriate place for such work,” the note from Maidment read. The editorial demand was made in response to staffers publishing a post complaining about the number of autoplay ads running on the site.

Wednesday’s mass exodus is the latest act of rebellion from Deadspin staffers after G/O Media assumed control of the site in April. G/O Media was formed by Great Hill Partners, an equity firm which purchased a cluster of websites including Deadspin.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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VSiN Host Jonathan Von Tobel Announces New Lineup Changes; ‘Hardwood Handicappers’ Discontinued

Von Tobel says he’s ‘Looking forward to being on the lineup M-F once again!’

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The Vegas Sports and Information Network (VSiN) just made some changes to its lineup in time for spring, adding a new host to an established show but sunsetting another. According to VSiN host Jonathan Von Tobel, he will be joining VSiN Primetime as a full-time host alongside Tim Murray and Britton Hess, but Hardwood Handicappers will be discontinued.

In response, Kelley Bydlon said “THANK YOU to everyone who listened and supported along the way,” via his X account, while Zachary Cohen (@BettingOnX) simply retweeted Von Tobel’s post. It’s unknown what will happen with Bydlon but Von Tobel mentioned that he and Cohen will continue to write daily columns for the operation.

Recently, our Derek Futterman spent a day with the VSiN team, observing shows and learning what it takes to build a content enterprise solely around sports betting.

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Eric Hosmer Launches Media Company, New Podcast After MLB Retirement

“I’ll have the opportunity to give the fans some insight on my perspective and my experiences on what might be going on.”

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Longtime first baseman Eric Hosmer has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball, concluding a 13-year career in which he won four Gold Glove awards and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game. In 2015, Hosmer served as an integral member of the World Series championship run by the Kansas City Royals, helping the team hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy after a 4-1 series victory over the New York Mets. After departing the Royals in free agency, Hosmer played parts of five seasons with the San Diego Padres before concluding his career with stints as a member of the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs.

Concurrent with his official retirement, Hosmer and former minor-league teammate Anthony Seratelli are launching MoonBall Media. The media and production company will produce and disseminate original, unscripted programming in addition to social media content and free ad-supported television (FAST) channels. The company will begin operations with the Diggin’ Deep podcast, a new offering hosted by Hosmer and featuring former major-league reliever Peter Moylan and current process and development coach Justin Su’a. Seratelli, who played a decade of professional baseball in the Nippon Professional Baseball league, is slated to produce the show.

“I feel like I have so many fun stories that I want to give back, especially these last couple of years of my career when I got to experience the big-time markets, being in Chicago, being in Boston,” Hosmer said in an interview with Forbes. “I think this podcast is something where I can really have enjoyment and dig deep into other people’s processes and how that helped them succeed.”

Becoming involved in the sports media space became more appealing to Hosmer as he continued through his major-league career. He expressed how the baseball space lacks players sharing insights and perspectives, comparing it to the rise of athlete-driven media among National Football League and National Basketball Association players.

On the podcast itself, Hosmer aspires to cultivate a setting in which interviewees are comfortable expounding and extrapolating on subject matter, deviating from what is done by traditional media in major-league clubhouses.

“That insight from a player’s perspective – that’s what I’m really looking forward to because there are some situations where a player wants to really have his own voice to explain a situation, but you really just can’t in the baseball world because players are wired to be tight-lipped and it’s all about the team and stuff,” Hosmer said. “I’ll have the opportunity to give the fans some insight on my perspective and my experiences on what might be going on. It will be a unique perspective that maybe we’ll be able to give fans a different look and insight.”

The first six episodes of the show have already been produced with an initial focus on baseball; however, the program will aim to broaden its horizons by including guests from other sports. The nature of these interviews will be more reflective rather than trying to reveal news or rumors, something he believes will be unique in the media space as well. Hosmer further explained his decision on the premiere episode of the program, which was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday morning.

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Netflix To Air Documentary on Montreal Expos Departure

“The Expos were the first MLB team outside of the U.S., and despite their departure from Montreal, they continue to have passionate fans to this day. This film will tell the story of the team through the eyes of those who lived it.”

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Netflix has announced a new sports documentary centered on the downfall of the Montreal Expos in 2004. The untitled show will be done in partnership with Montreal film company Attraction.

Jean-Francois Poisson will direct the project which Netflix says ““will explore the setbacks that led to the team’s departure, and how it continues to spark debate 20 years later.”

Attraction President Richard Speer said, “The Expos were the first MLB team outside of the U.S., and despite their departure from Montreal, they continue to have passionate fans to this day. This film will tell the story of the team through the eyes of those who lived it.”

Stadium issues, battles between the city and team ownership, player fire sales and the eventual sale to Major League Baseball are all expected to be addressed. The Expos played in Montreal from 1969 until 2004. Prior to the 2005 season, the team relocated to Washington, D.C., and became the Washington Nationals.

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