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There's another thread about how The Athletic is coming to Boston, but I think their nationwide platform deserves some love here. For example, here's how they covered last night's Rangers-Yankees game (if you just saw the cities and the score, you might think it was cowboys-giants...):



Solid work by Stefon, that's a good hire by them.
 
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Cowboys-Giants? Am I missing something? Or just a typo?
I was referring to the unusually high-scoring nature of the baseball game, perhaps too obliquely. AMcGhie's reference is the joke about "new york's hottest club", a long-standing SNL trope (and one of their best ones).
 

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I've been subscribing to the Athletic for a couple of months, I'd cautiously recommend it. The game recaps of the teams I care about generally aren't anything exceptional, but Eno Sarris might make the site worth subscribing to for baseball fans all by himself. Today he has a pretty fascinating in-depth article about 'the key to hitting high-velocity fastballs' as the average FB speed in MLB continues to creep up (around 94 now). One short excerpt:

"There’s no relationship between age and wOBA against 96+ fastballs, at least.

Maybe that’s because of how the eyes age. Your visual acuity seems to stay steady until you’re 40, and then only decline after your baseball career would be over."

https://theathletic.com/365661/2018/05/24/sarris-whats-the-key-to-hitting-high-velocity-fastballs/
 

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I was coming here to post about this one too. Lars has an incredible second career ahead of him.
Aren't these usually ghostwritten? Might very well be him, but I've seen it reported that certain popular athletes' blogs and columns usually are.
 

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Another fun read on the front page: Ethan Strauss talks the life of an advanced scout. Would love to have seen some comments on Brad but the Pop and Snyder anecdotes are great.
 

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I just want to say I've really been enjoying my Athletic subscription. Multiple times a week I read an article where I think "wow - that was a really cool concept". Today's example is a series of articles asking pro athletes about their biggest nemesis when they were younger who is not a famous athlete.

https://theathletic.com/864865/2019/03/25/childhood-nemesis-long-ago-these-people-bested-a-future-pro-athlete-where-are-they-now/

The local Boston content is very good as well. Jeff Howe's article on Gronk's retirement comes to mind from this week.

https://theathletic.com/886074/2019/03/24/howe-what-ill-always-remember-most-about-gronk/

If anyone is still on the fence I'd recommend taking the plunge.
 

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I was coming to post the same article. This line struck me:

The site’s average annual revenue per subscriber is roughly $64, Mather said
I call shenanigans. How can that be true?
 

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$120 for the year if you go month to month and don't have a discount vs. $48 if you go for the full year without discounts. I have no idea how many people are getting discounts but I imagine they try to get people in on an introductory monthly charge/trial and then people forget and get autocharged the $10/month once the introductory rate is done with. Assuming that number to be true, they have to be getting a lot of their revenue off of people subscribing month to month.
 

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I'm curious how their podcasting income is. I like a lot of their podcasts, but I frequently forget to check them since I generally use PocketCasts to access my podcasts. I haven't seen a good solution for making subscription-only podcasts readily accessible.
 

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They are officially launching in the UK now and have 50% off their yearly subscription as a promotion: http://theathletic.co.uk/kayjelski50off
even though this is in pounds it is still cheaper than the standard yearly subscription; this allows access to the global content, so you can also read their NFL or MLB stuff.