off the record
Last Friday, Deadspin founder and New York magazine sports editor Will Leitch announced on his Tumblr that it was his last day at the magazine as a full-time employee. By the end of the summer, Mr. Leitch will leave New York City as well.
After 13 years of climbing the New York sportswriting ranks, Mr. Leitch is moving to Athens, Ga., where he will work full-time at Sports on Earth, a joint venture between USA Today and Major League Baseball’s media arm. The website launched last summer.
After having his legacy defiled by Brett Favre’s genitals it appears Deadspin founding editor Will Leitch will be writing for the Gawker Media sports site on a regular basis once again.
Yahoo! shut down four blogs today, according to Lindsay Robertson, editor of Yahoo!’s TV blog, The Set. In addition to turning off The Set, she wrote that The Amplifier (music), The Projector (movies, edited by Will Leitch), and The Famous (celebrities) were killed.
The editorial axe falls as Yahoo!’s board contemplates a partial or Read More
This month’s GQ cover story on New York Jets star Mark Sanchez (not online in full) mentions that “Sanchez hit the front page when a 17-year-old high school student from Connecticut told a gossipy sports site that she met him in a nightclub and they went on a date.” The unnamed “gossipy sports site,” Read More
under the bridge
Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger, who has built his career on carefully observed sports writing, used to be mad about what blogs and writing on the internet were doing to his craft. But recently, Mr. Bissinger has warmed up to the internet and taken to Twitter.
He told David Carr that Twitter is Read More
On April 1, Gawker chief Nick Denton passed on some surprising news via Twitter. “Damn!” Mr. Denton wrote. “Gawker’s awesome John Cook is about to disappear into the maw of Yahoo. Someone else—WSJ?—should save him. We tried.” Shortly thereafter, he assured his followers this was no April Fool’s joke. Mr. Cook, the site’s investigations Read More
Lots of people seem to be thinking about The New York Times today. Or is it just us?
The future of the country’s leading newspaper—which as recently as early January was called into doubt by The Atlantic‘s Michael Hirschorn—is touched on in this week’s Time magazine cover story by Walter Isaacson, which Read More
When the Daily Transom showed up to Will Leitch‘s "Election Angst" party in Cobble Hill this evening, Mr. Leitch, the one time editor of Gawker media’s sports blog Deadspin who now pens a column for New York Magazine, directed us immediately to the backyard, where around a few people were standing around drinking beer; others Read More
Will Leitch, editor of Gawker Media’s popular sports blog, Deadspin, is joining New York Magazine as a contributing editor. In a farewell post, Mr. Leitch writes:
It is with heavy heart — yet mirthful disposition! — that we announce that our time as Deadspin editor is about to draw to a close. After almost Read More
Last night, Vanity Fair contributing editor Buzz Bissinger appeared opposite—well, to the side of—Deadspin.com’s Will Leitch on Bob Costas’ Bob Castas Now in a special "Live Town Hall Edition." The show was billed as "Taking stock of the sports media landscape, including the rise of internet bloggers and sports talk radio."
It Read More