Changes in focus has led to a writer’s revolt.
In the wake of politics bleeding into every facet of life,
and the resulting backfire, many websites dedicated to sports have placed a
moratorium on writing about politics. ESPN has returned to more of a sports
focus after public outcry regarding comments made by ESPN employees about the
The most recent example is the site Deadspin, a blog site that ostensibly covers sports, among other popular culture and political items. Management of the site made the decision to have staff writers concentrate solely on sports stories. And while it may or may not help in the long run, the writers at Deadspin weren’t happy at all about the mandate.
Instead of heeding management’s mandate, staffers filled Deadspin’s homepage on Tuesday morning with non-sports stories that had been popular in the past, seemingly a nod to their argument that stories that are not strictly about sports have been favorites of Deadspin’s regular readers.
Deadspin’s management has stuck to their guns, firing at
least one writer who failed to comply with the change.
The story gets slightly more complicated, as the writers at
Deadspin are part of the Gizmodo Media Group union, which more than likely
means any firings and failure to stick to proposed website changes will be
contested in court.
This will continue to be a story to watch as it could
potentially impact other sites that blend sports and politics.