WTF: Derek Jeter Just Started A Sports Blog For…Players?
With his playing career in the books, Derek Jeter has (rather quickly) transitioned to the world of sports media -- with a twist. He's the "founding publisher" of a blog called "The Players Tribune," which he's pitching as an insider's account of the sporting world, directly from the players themselves.
In the site's first entry on October 1, Jeter explains that he's always had more to say than he allowed himself to give the media. That's why he's started this blog -- so that athletes' opinions clearly and thoughtfully expressed in writing.
[The Players Tribune] I do think fans deserve more than “no comments” or “I don’t knows.” Those simple answers have always stemmed from a genuine concern that any statement, any opinion or detail, might be distorted. I have a unique perspective. Many of you saw me after that final home game, when the enormity of the moment hit me. I’m not a robot. Neither are the other athletes who at times might seem unapproachable. We all have emotions. We just need to be sure our thoughts will come across the way we intend.
So I’m in the process of building a place where athletes have the tools they need to share what they really think and feel. We want to have a way to connect directly with our fans, with no filter.
I am working with other athletes, with editors and with producers to create a platform that gives us a chance to say what’s on our minds. It’s called The Players’ Tribune. Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing a strong core of athlete editors and contributors who will shape the site into an online community filled with first-person stories and behind-the-scenes content.
My goal is for the site to ultimately transform how athletes and newsmakers share information, bringing fans closer than ever to the games they love.
Damn Jeets, that was fast. Sure you didn't want to take a vacation or "just chill" for, like, a week before getting back to work?
In case you're still unclear as to what the hell this is exactly, here's the site mission statement:
Introducing The Players’ Tribune, a new media platform that will present the unfiltered voices of professional athletes, bringing fans closer to the games they love than ever before. Founded by Derek Jeter, The Players’ Tribune aims to provide unique insight into the daily sports conversation and to publish first-person stories directly from athletes. From video to podcasts to player polls and written pieces, The Tribune will strive to be “The Voice of the Game.”
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