- Dec 4, 2009
Yahoo Sports is creating a potential challenger to the The Athletic’s subscription model, The Post has learned.
While Yahoo will cover teams, its approach will be different than The Athletic, which has tried to digitally recreate the sports page.
Yahoo’s business will act a bit more like a membership club. It will cover teams, while attempting to form an insider community, with what it says will be insider experiences for fans.
The burgeoning business will begin in Flushing with the Mets. The name of the product will be the Queens Baseball Club.
It will include three writers covering the team, while planning to give members a behind-the-scenes experience, such as access to batting practices, press conferences and front office Q&As.
The team and Yahoo have a three-year agreement, according to sources. Yahoo declined to say how much it will pay the Mets. The Mets declined comment entirely.
Yahoo is working out deals with other teams. The Yankees are not involved right now.
The site will launch March 28 and the cost is expected to be $4.99 or $5.99 per month, according to Yahoo officials.
https://nypost.com/2019/02/19/yahoo-pitching-paid-baseball-content-and-starting-with-mets/Yahoo plans on hiring a columnist, beat reporter and a backup beat person for each team. In New York, they have lured Wallace Matthews away from the Daily News to be its columnist, according to sources. They have not hired a beat reporter yet or a backup beat person.
National News outlets don't pay their sources (teams), they pay leagues (like ESPN with NFL/MLB), so im not sure how this will work.....