Staff is quite replaceable. Not all staff--for whatever his flaws Simmons does connect to a broad market and generate a ton of loyalty for example--but most of the writers on the ringer are extremely replaceable. Labor markets are fairly tight and full of young people who want to bullshit about sports or pop culture on the web.However to expand on this, a super majority of people KNOW they cannot hit a baseball thrown at 90 miles an hour, but social media has made like half the country THINK they are journalists/writers. That doesn't make the actual writers any less talented, but makes corporate management think their staff is quite replaceable.
SoSH is quite a good board but I think a very high percentage of the people on this board--perhaps half of active posters--could match Ringer content, particularly with editors, etc. (the quality of some of the non-SoSH football writings of some of our members is a testament to that!).