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Koo Runnings Volume Two

A couple weeks backs I mentioned I’d try to give a periodic rundown of industry news. This is the second installment and thanks to friend @roneface, I’ve decided to brand this column “Koo Runnings”. A banner should be added to this column very soon and he should be receiving a Bloguin jacket anyday now for […]

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Something New For Benkoo.com

  For a blog that is not updated that frequently, Benkoo.com actually does alright. Comments, traffic, links, and more importantly a good deal of people I respect visiting the blog regularly. But there is a lot of ground I don’t cover and it bugs me given that a lot interesting stuff goes completely unnoticed or uncovered. Going […]

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Big Hires In Kaufman And Neyer Signal Shifting Content Strategies

My next planned blog was going to highlight the shifting content strategies of the major sports portals. It seems that after a decade of imitating ESPN, major players like CBS, NBC, AOL, Fox, and Sporting News have started to embrace new content strategies that veer away from the pre set course that ESPN.com has pioneered. While […]

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How AOL Botched Sports and Cost Writers Their Jobs

Update: Well I took a stab in the dark and the folks at SBN are saying they didn’t make a play at FanHouse. At least the ghetto photoshops (you don’t even want to know what I use), are going over well.    My apologies for the shoot first stab and what unfolded. Its hard to […]

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One Man’s Opinion on The AOL FanHouse and Sporting News Deal

A lots been made about AOL’s decision to part ways with the current FanHouse direction and personnel and license/outsource the brand to the Sporting News. I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about the implications of the deal, how the deal was structured, and my thoughts on both companies moving forward.  Its been a couple […]

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FanHouse Sporting News Partnership Highlights a Whirlwind Week of Action

  For now this is just a placeholder until I get some more time to writeup some of these developments. I have some emails into some people on the FanHouse Sporting News partnership and am getting some info that will help paint a picture of what that whole mess situation is about. But what’s crazy is that […]

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Bleacher Report Raises 10.5 Million, Bloggers Scratch Their Head

  Last time we checked in with Bleacher Report they were quietly making some changes with a new CEO (who I predicted as a hire) and editorial policies aimed at improving content quality. At the time both moves made sense but it wasn’t clear what their impact would be. Fast forward a half year later and […]

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SB Nation Brings in Another Huge Round as Industry Continues to Evolve

Yardbarker sold, Fanball shuttered their blog network, and now SB Nation just spiked the ball in the end-zone after bringing in a very significant round of funding, reported to be $10.5 million. In conjunction with the funding, SB Nation announced they acquired Sports Radio Interviews. The round was led by Khosla ventures, another top tier […]

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The Basketball Jones Give Insight Into Their Sucess With The Score

It was a little over a year ago I wrote about The Basketball Jones getting acquired by The Score, a Canadian Sports Television Network. Many think it was somewhat of a landmark milestone for sports blogs/podcasts. For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Basketball Jones, I’ll quote something I wrote in my first […]

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Yardbarker Sells to Fox In Significant Step Forward for Sports 2.0

Awhile back I wrote about how my previous employer, Yardbarker, had partnered with Fox Sports in an ad sales and content promotion relationship. For that article I sent some questions to Yardbarker’s CEO about the deal, one of which asking his opinion on if the partnership with Fox could lead to a future acquisition. I […]

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So When Will NBC Really Buy Pro Football Talk?

Quick note before I get started, I’ve been doing some writing on awfulannouncing.com, one of my all time favorite sports blogs and the newest addition to Bloguin. If you want in on that action, check out some of the links below: – ESPN Unvels New Red Zone Like Channel for College Football – Yuppy Injustice: […]

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Pour out a Little Liquor for BallHype

Although this hasn’t been 100% confirmed at this hour, it looks like Ballhype.com along with its sister site Showhype.com as well as Daily Radar have been shuttered by their parent company, Future US. Below is the screenshot of what you get when you try to reach all 3 of the sites. Some bloggers are holding […]

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Print Waves Another Digital White Flag as Sporting Blog Is Dealt to SB Nation

On the heels of Sports Illustrated deciding to yield control of their website to Turner Sports, Sporting News has opted to ship off the popular The Sporting Blog to SB Nation. A very interesting move, one that was probably aided by the fact that SB Nation’s Senior Editor, Chris Mottram (Jaime Mottram’s brother and FanHouse […]

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Ex Rivals Founder Shannon Terry Looking to Challenge Rivals, Scout, and ESPN with College Recruiting Network 2.0, 24/7 Sports

If you are not a college football or basketball fan you probably are not intimately familiar with Scout and Rivals, two competing college sports networks. Although their audience is limited primarily to America’s most fanatical sports fan-base, their impact on the online sports digital world and the companies’ back stories are somewhat riveting. Things have […]

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ESPN Does Pay Bloggers……Just Not Their Own

Awhile back I wrote an extended piece on why I didn’t like ESPN’s affiliate model network.  Currently ESPN has three different external networks which span the NBA (True Hoop), MLB ( SweetSpot), and NCAA (not named). The piece I wrote back in April seemed to solicit a lot of reaction including: 1- A handful of […]

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