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The saddest plate appearance of all time | Chart Party
The saddest plate appearance of all time | Chart Party
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The history of every NFL team | Chart Party
The history of every NFL team | Chart Party
Published: 2017/08/22
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Published: 2017/09/13
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SB Nation 2017 College Football Preview
SB Nation 2017 College Football Preview
Published: 2017/08/22
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The Worst NBA Finals: 2002 - Episode 4
The Worst NBA Finals: 2002 - Episode 4
Published: 2017/06/01
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The short-lived career of baseball
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Published: 2017/07/10
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Troy State 253, DeVry 141 | Pretty Good, Episode 12
Troy State 253, DeVry 141 | Pretty Good, Episode 12
Published: 2017/03/13
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Behind the scenes of an NFL boycott in Brooklyn
Behind the scenes of an NFL boycott in Brooklyn
Published: 2017/09/19
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Every NFL Score Ever | Chart Party
Every NFL Score Ever | Chart Party
Published: 2016/12/07
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The Worst March Madness: 2011 - Episode 3
The Worst March Madness: 2011 - Episode 3
Published: 2017/03/16
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The Jets inspired us to make the worst NFL team ever | Uffsides
The Jets inspired us to make the worst NFL team ever | Uffsides
Published: 2017/09/01
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The Curse of Number 2, 2007 - Weird But True College Football Stories
The Curse of Number 2, 2007 - Weird But True College Football Stories
Published: 2017/07/26
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What if Barry Bonds had played without a baseball bat? | Chart Party
What if Barry Bonds had played without a baseball bat? | Chart Party
Published: 2017/04/11
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How 49ers DL Solomon Thomas became a monster on the field - Origins, Episode 16
How 49ers DL Solomon Thomas became a monster on the field - Origins, Episode 16
Published: 2017/04/25
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American Gladiators, Bowling Cologne, and Nameless Baseball Wives | Card Show, Episode 4
American Gladiators, Bowling Cologne, and Nameless Baseball Wives | Card Show, Episode 4
Published: 2017/06/15
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SB Nation Draft Party Live
SB Nation Draft Party Live
Published: 2017/04/28
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Why The First Ever Draft Pick Said No To The NFL  |  1st  |  Episode 1
Why The First Ever Draft Pick Said No To The NFL | 1st | Episode 1
Published: 2017/04/10
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Draymond Green is the NBA
Draymond Green is the NBA's ultimate defensive mastermind. Here's why.
Published: 2017/06/02
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The CFL card loaf, a Flutie miracle, and the story of the first Grey Cup | Card Show, Episode 3
The CFL card loaf, a Flutie miracle, and the story of the first Grey Cup | Card Show, Episode 3
Published: 2017/05/23
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Why can
Why can't you call it the Super Bowl?
Published: 2017/01/31
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Baron Davis From 89 Feet | Pretty Good, Episode 11
Baron Davis From 89 Feet | Pretty Good, Episode 11
Published: 2017/01/25
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The Worst NBA Dunk Contest: 1997 - Episode 2
The Worst NBA Dunk Contest: 1997 - Episode 2
Published: 2017/02/17
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How basketball’s first dunker won gold on Hitler’s home court  |  1st  |  Episode 2
How basketball’s first dunker won gold on Hitler’s home court | 1st | Episode 2
Published: 2017/05/22
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The perfect NFL season looks like this | Uffsides
The perfect NFL season looks like this | Uffsides
Published: 2017/09/07
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SB Nation Presents O Boy X DamJonBoi   Mayweather Vs McGregor
SB Nation Presents O Boy X DamJonBoi Mayweather Vs McGregor
Published: 2017/09/16
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Rudy Gobert, the Ultimate Defensive Disruptor
Rudy Gobert, the Ultimate Defensive Disruptor
Published: 2017/04/07
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Card Show, Episode 2: Jon Bois Finds a Hologram
Card Show, Episode 2: Jon Bois Finds a Hologram
Published: 2017/05/04
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Nikola Jokić conducts Denver
Nikola Jokić conducts Denver's basketball symphony
Published: 2017/03/23
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Jeff Fisher
Jeff Fisher's historically mediocre career deserves the all-time losses record
Published: 2016/12/02
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The Worst Super Bowl: 1999 - Episode 1
The Worst Super Bowl: 1999 - Episode 1
Published: 2017/02/02
Channel: SB Nation
How Michael Chandler became a fighter - Origins, Episode 17
How Michael Chandler became a fighter - Origins, Episode 17
Published: 2017/06/19
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Isaiah Thomas is 5
Isaiah Thomas is 5'9 and embarrasses taller players. Here's how he does it.
Published: 2017/02/17
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Card Show, Episode 1: Jon Bois Eats Very, Very Old Gum
Card Show, Episode 1: Jon Bois Eats Very, Very Old Gum
Published: 2017/04/18
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Roger Goodell
Roger Goodell's marijuana stance is retrograde and harmful to players
Published: 2017/05/10
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How the NFL’s worst teams repeatedly fail the draft
How the NFL’s worst teams repeatedly fail the draft
Published: 2016/03/14
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The real problem with NBA players resting
The real problem with NBA players resting
Published: 2017/04/06
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Lamar Jackson
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Published: 2017/09/13
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The story of Justin Gaethje’s journey to the UFC - Origins, Episode 18
The story of Justin Gaethje’s journey to the UFC - Origins, Episode 18
Published: 2017/06/22
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Joey Crawford: the NBA
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Published: 2013/05/29
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The origins of the NFL
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Published: 2017/01/30
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The first king to play tennis became the first to die from it  |  1st
The first king to play tennis became the first to die from it | 1st
Published: 2017/09/01
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The story of Bengals WR John Ross III and his unprecedented speed - Origins, Episode 14
The story of Bengals WR John Ross III and his unprecedented speed - Origins, Episode 14
Published: 2017/04/14
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How the Nickel defense became college football
How the Nickel defense became college football's new base
Published: 2017/08/24
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The Gordon Hayward Story - Origins, Episode 7
The Gordon Hayward Story - Origins, Episode 7
Published: 2015/02/23
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Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, David Wilson Interview Fellow NFL Rookies
Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, David Wilson Interview Fellow NFL Rookies
Published: 2012/05/22
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Published: 2015/11/03
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National Championship Postgame Show 2017: Alabama vs Clemson
National Championship Postgame Show 2017: Alabama vs Clemson
Published: 2017/01/10
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How LeBron James changed the NBA landscape
How LeBron James changed the NBA landscape
Published: 2014/10/23
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"WHY DO I CHOOSE THIS FOR A LIVING?" PRETTY GOOD, EPISODE 8.
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SB Nation
SB Nation logo.png
Type of site
Sports news
Available in English
Owner Vox Media
Founder(s) Matt Watson
Website www.sbnation.com
Alexa rank Increase 769 (As of January 2015)[1]
Commercial No
Registration Optional (required for comments/posting)
Launched 31 March 2005; 12 years ago (2005-03-31)[2]
Current status Active

SB Nation (Sports Blog Nation)[3] is a sports news website owned and operated by Vox Media (formerly SportsBlogs, Inc.). Established in 2005, the site comprises 320 blogs covering individual professional and college sports teams, and other sports-oriented topics. The site operates from Vox’s offices just off Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, as well as Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.[4]

SB Nation currently has content-sharing partnerships with Yahoo! Sports, CBS Sports, USA Today, Comcast and the National Hockey League (NHL).[5][6][7]

History[edit]

The concept of SB Nation was rooted in Athletics Nation, a blog focused on the Oakland Athletics, which was founded in 2003 by Tyler Bleszinski. Bleszinski noted that at the time, blogs focused on sports were a new concept limited to "mostly baseball sites on Typepad and Blogger", and that he was displeased over how the Athletics were being covered by these sites. In the spirit of Athletics general manager Billy Beane, he decided to build his own blog with an aggressive focus on the team. Athletics Nation soon became the second-largest site on the advertising network Blogads behind the political blog Daily Kos. Its author, Markos Moulitsas, was also a friend of Bleszinksi; in 2005, Bleszinksi partnered with him to form SB Nation, which would serve as a network of sports blogs with a common platform enabling community participation. Athletics Nation began hiring additional part-time writers, while the SB Nation network would absorb and acquire other sports blogs focusing on major league and college teams.[8][9]

In 2008, Jim Bankoff, a former AOL executive, joined as CEO to expand SB Nation. Comparing it to his previous company's focus on publishing content in specific verticals, Bankoff wanted to build a topic-based sports media company, explaining that "when you go to Google you don't type in 'sports', you search for a specific team or a player. As media consumers, we're not sports fans, but we're fans of a given team. That's our philosophy here, and our tagline fits it well when it says pro quality—in reference to the type of content and commentary, and fan perspective—as we speak from a fan voice, which can mean we're sometimes very critical."[9][10]

Relaunch[edit]

In 2009, SBNation.com was re-launched to serve as a nationally focused portal for the network's sites.[9] As of February 2009, there were about 185 blogs. ComScore, the Reston, Virginia-based tracker of consumer Internet habits, tallied 5.8 million unique visitors to SB Nation websites during the month of November 2010. That 208 percent increase over the 1.9 million unique visitors in November 2009 made SB Nation the fastest growing sports website the company tracked at that time.[11]

As of December 2010, SB Nation had 12 million unique visitors and over 100 million page views monthly. The site also announced plans to expand its scope into international sports by launching blogs focused on English soccer and the Premier League.[12]

Vox Media[edit]

In 2011, a number of editors from AOL's blog Engadget, including Joshua Topolsky, left the site to join SB Nation, where they would begin work on launching a new technology website under its ownership known as The Verge, with Topolsky as editor-in-chief.[13][14] Following the launch of The Verge, SB Nation's parent company was renamed Vox Media.[9][15]

In November 2011, Vox Media acquired MMAFighting.com from AOL; the site was integrated into SB Nation.[16] In December 2011 Time, listed SB Nation #1 in Sports, and #15 overall in its "50 Websites That Make the Web Great" list.[17]

In September 2012, SB Nation unveiled a comprehensive redesign of the website codenamed "SB United". The project reconstructed the site with a unified format and design, using a responsive, "magazine-style" presentation with multimedia and "StoryStreams", and new circular logo designs for each one of the site's blogs. The changes came under the direction of Spencer Hall, writer of the college football blog Every Day Should Be Saturday, who was named as the site's first ever editorial director, and stated that he had wanted to "corral some kind of common vision and coordination" between the individual blogs on SB Nation.[18][19][20]

In March 2013, Vox Media acquired Outsports, a blog focusing on sport in the LGBT community. It was integrated into SB Nation.[21]

On July 18, 2016, Vox Media announced a partnership with GOW Media, under which its Yahoo! Sports Radio network was re-branded as SB Nation Radio on August 1, 2016. SB Nation and its blogs will contribute on-air personalities and co-develop new content for the network.[22]

On August 8, 2017, Vox Media announced a partnership with Bill Simmons' The Ringer, a website that focuses on sports, pop culture, and tech. The website has been integrated into SB Nation. At this time it is unknown if the site will stay on that platform or move to a entirely new platform.

Holtzclaw controversy[edit]

In February 2016, the site published a lengthy profile of Daniel Holtzclaw, a former police officer convicted of multiple accounts of rape and other charges, focusing on his college football career. The piece, which was seen as sympathetic to Holtzclaw, was heavily criticized and was taken down within hours of publication. SB Nation's editorial director Spencer Hall apologized for "a complete breakdown" of SB Nation's editorial process, and described the story and its publication as a "complete failure" of site standards.[23][24][25] SB Nation subsequently cut ties with the story's author, freelance journalist Jeff Arnold, and put its longform program on hiatus pending a peer review of the editorial process that led to the Holtzclaw piece being published.[26] The head of the longform program, veteran sportswriter Glenn Stout, was suspended and later fired.[27]

In May 2016, Vox Media published the results of the peer review. It found that the longform program was isolated from the rest of SB Nation in a way that made it impossible for stories to be properly vetted. It also harshly criticized SB Nation for not giving individual editors the authority to review stories about sensitive topics. At the time, sensitive stories were reviewed by the newsroom's two most senior women, senior editor Elena Bergeron and senior content producer Sarah Kogod. The reviewers found that this practice made it appear that that an individual editor did not have the responsibility to "care to the fullest extent about matters of ethics, integrity, and accuracy." It also raised concerns about the lack of diversity in the newsroom.[28] Based on the review, SB Nation permanently shelved the longform program, and also announced it would take steps to diversify its newsroom. In a statement, SB Nation said that the Holtzclaw fiasco revealed that "an organization cannot afford to wait to be diverse, particularly if that organization is one that wants to tell stories."[29]

Rebranding[edit]

On May 1, 2017, SB Nation Editor-in-Chief Elena Bergeron unveiled a brand refresh that included a new logo, webpage layout and color palette.[30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "sbnation.com Site Overview". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "SbNation.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  3. ^ Dubois, Lou (20 August 2010). "The Evolution of Sports Blog Nation". Inc. Retrieved 2015-05-02. 
  4. ^ Dan Orlando (July 12, 2013). "Bleacher Report, SB Nation and Deadspin strive to define future of booming sports-blogging niche". New York Business Journal. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "SB Nation, Comcast SportsNet sign deal to share content". sportsbusinessdaily.com. 
  6. ^ "Comcast SportsNet content sharing with SB Nation". Philadelphia Business Journal. 28 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "SB Nation Scores A Link Deal With The NHL". TechCrunch. AOL. 
  8. ^ "Tyler Bleszinski, co-founder of SB Nation, to leave Vox Media". Capital New York. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c d "The Raid On AOL: How Vox Pillaged Engadget And Founded An Empire". Business Insider. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Interview with Jim Bankoff, CEO of SBNation.com". Inc.com. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ Overly, Steven (20 December 2010). "SB Nation's sports blogger collective sees bias as a plus". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  12. ^ "The New Game in Sports Journalism: SB Nation Claims 100 Million Monthly Views -- Going Global with Soccer Coverage". Beet.tv. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  13. ^ Swisher, Kara (March 12, 2011). "Exclusive: Engadget's Top Editors Topolsky and Patel Exit From AOL's Giant Tech Site". All Things Digital. Archived from the original on May 4, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ Swisher, Kara (April 3, 2011). "SB Nation Sacks AOL in Raid of Former Engadget Team for Competing New Tech Site, As AOL Zeroes in on New EiC". All Things Digital. Archived from the original on May 4, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ Kramer, Staci D. (October 31, 2011). "With Launch of The Verge, SB Nation Parent Rebrands as Vox Media". Gigaom. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  16. ^ "MMA Fighting Sold to Vox Media". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  17. ^ McCracken, Harry (16 August 2011). "SB Nation - The 50 Best Websites of 2011 - TIME". TIME.com. 
  18. ^ "Vox Media says design helps charge SB Nation". New York Business Journal. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  19. ^ "SB Nation United: the big rebrand". Vox Media. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  20. ^ "SB Nation Relaunches, Hires First Editorial Director". Adweek. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  21. ^ O'Keeffe, Michael (2013-03-05). "Outsports.com, which covers the gay athletes, bought by SB Nation parent company Vox Media". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  22. ^ "SB Nation Expands Into Radio Programming With Gow Media Accord". Bloomberg. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  23. ^ Bonesteel, Matt (February 18, 2016). "SB Nation is right: Its story about a convicted rapist was a 'complete failure'". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  24. ^ Victor, Daniel (February 18, 2016). "SB Nation Removes Article Criticized as Sympathetic to Convicted Rapist". The New York Times. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  25. ^ Mitchell, Benjamin F (February 18, 2016). "SB Nation publishes, takes down "failure" of story about Holtzclaw". USA Today. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  26. ^ Howard, Greg (2016-02-19). "SB Nation Memo Announces Hiatus For Longform Program". Deadspin. 
  27. ^ Howard, Greg (2016-02-26). "How SB Nation Published Their Daniel Holtzclaw Story". Deadspin. 
  28. ^ Peer review of Holtzclaw story
  29. ^ "A note from SB Nation leadership". SB Nation. 2016-05-26. 
  30. ^ Bergeron, Elena (2017-05-01). "Welcome to the new SB Nation: Refresh and so clean". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2017-07-29. 

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