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The Athletic

US-based sports website The Athletic has now launched over here in the UK.

It's basically a subscription-based website with dedicated and unbiased coverage, with no ads. Interestingly, lots of the big names in football journalism in this country (Oliver Kay, Amy Lawrence, Raphael Honigstein, Jack Pitt-Brooke, Michael Cox etc) have handed in their notice at their current publications to join, so there is no arguing the fact that the standard of journalism is going to be top drawer, althouhg inevitably I'm sure there will be a heavy focus on the PL.

https://pressgazette.co.uk/the-athletic-launches-in-the-uk-with-focus-on-local-coverage-of-premier-league-football-teams/

https://theathletic.com/1079638/2019/08/05/what-to-expect-from-the-athletic-in-the-uk/

An interesting concept, and I wonder how it will impact football journalism over the coming years. Price-wise it's about £60 for a year's subscription but you can get a launch offer of 50% off.

Comments

  • Tempted by the cheap first year, quality of writers is exceptional
  • Rothko said:
    Tempted by the cheap first year, quality of writers is exceptional
    Same here. I'm keen to understand how coverage of the Championship (and L1/L2) will work (and how much of it there will be).
  • Reading the links there would appear likely to be a dedicated Charlton correspondent.
  • Reading the links there would appear likely to be a dedicated Charlton correspondent.
    If so I'd pay for it but I'm not really sure if anyone would pay if their club isn't covered
  • Reading the links there would appear likely to be a dedicated Charlton correspondent.
    https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/the-athletic-uk-full-list-of-staff/

    Doesn't seem like it here?
  • Sounds interesting, great name too!
  • edited August 5
    I'm not going to pay for this nonsense. Mendez and Cawley, in my opinion, do a fine job covering Charlton via South London Press. The Independent, The Guardian and The New York Times all do free football stuff that can be top notch.
    Why pay £9.99 a month for just football coverage when I can pay the same amount to The Times or The Daily Telegraph and get much more.
    Plus, The Athletic haven't managed to recruit top footballing journalists such as Jonathon Wilson, Henry Winter, Sam Wallace, Jonathan Northcroft, Rory Smith etc
    It's a load of b*llocks in my opinion.
  • I'm not going to pay for this nonsense. Mendez and Cawley, in my opinion, do a fine job covering Charlton via South London Press. The Independent, The Guardian and The New York Times all do free football stuff that can be top notch.
    Why pay £9.99 a month for just football coverage when I can pay the same amount to The Times or The Daily Telegraph and get much more.
    Plus, The Athletic haven't managed to recruit the top footballing journalists such as Jonathon Wilson, Henry Winter, Sam Wallace, Jonathan Northcroft, Rory Smith etc
    It's a load of b*llocks in my opinion.
    From the link I've seen it's £30 a year and doesn't just cover football
  • edited August 5
    I'm not going to pay for this nonsense. Mendez and Cawley, in my opinion, do a fine job covering Charlton via South London Press. The Independent, The Guardian and The New York Times all do free football stuff that can be top notch.
    Why pay £9.99 a month for just football coverage when I can pay the same amount to The Times or The Daily Telegraph and get much more.
    Plus, The Athletic haven't managed to recruit the top footballing journalists such as Jonathon Wilson, Henry Winter, Sam Wallace, Jonathan Northcroft, Rory Smith etc
    It's a load of b*llocks in my opinion.
    From the link I've seen it's £30 a year and doesn't just cover football
    That's for an annual subscription at the special introductory rate. It's £9.99 a month (or £60 for an annual) once the introductory rate is over.
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  • I've been a subscriber for their American sports coverage since basically launch. Its well worth the money. My only issue is they publish too much content! That and their podcast player is pretty rubbish, no playlists, it plays the next (older) podcast after an episode finished rather than any newer one.
  • Journalists made a mistake when the internet first started by giving away their profession for free which was always a mistake. 

    Wondered how long it would take them to try to monetize. 
  • Have been interested in this since it was announced, especially given the obvious investment in writers.

    As well as the half-price first year subscription, there's a free month's trial.

    Have signed up today and will see what it's like, and will either cancel before 4 September or go on to pay the £30 for the year.

  • If you're interested in reading an example of what going to be in The Athletic, this long read on Liverpool and it's ownership is a cracking start

    https://theathletic.com/1089599/2019/08/07/the-inside-story-of-fsgs-love-affair-with-liverpool-and-the-boston-red-sox/ 
  • There is a 30 day free trial (and the half price annual offer runs to the end of August). From what I've read so far there is a lot of really good stuff, definitely tempted to take it out for the year.
  • Definitely tempted by this, quality of journalism by the big media outlets is very poor and I've heard nothing but good things from those in the states who use the Athletic.
  • There is a 30 day free trial (and the half price annual offer runs to the end of August). From what I've read so far there is a lot of really good stuff, definitely tempted to take it out for the year.
    You on commission? 
  • I've subscribed to the US version and the writing is top-notch. 
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