The site launched last February (eBaum is short for founder
The reporter has been with the
Schmidt worked as a clerk on the foreign and sports desks before he was hired as an intermediate reporter in December 2007. He cited assistant sports editor
Schmidt described his beat as "performance-enhancing drugs, legal issues in sports and pretty much anything bad that happens in sports." Asked if he anticipates more names being unearthed from the list, Schmidt is circumspect. "I don't know," he said. "I really don't know. We'll have to see."
No matter what you may think of Whitlock -- provocative, self-aggrandizing and talented all come to my mind -- you must agree that he speaks his mind and has a unique ability among sportswriters to produce a reaction. In a column last month examining whether blogs contributed to the
I read Whitlock regularly, and I imagine our paths will cross again in cyberspace. Until then, as I wrote him in an e-mail, the world is a more interesting place with him in it, despite how
"Until there's a true on-air alternative to ESPN, other forms of media should embrace the challenge of pointing out those occasions when the self-described 'Worldwide Leader' is riding down the street naked," Florio said. "I believe that no business reaches its full potential without external accountability. As a 10-year Disney shareholder, I like the idea of someone keeping one of its higher-profile subsidiaries on its toes."
(On ESPN's decision not to initially report the Roethlisberger story, my colleague
According to Florio, PFT had 17 million page views and 2.38 million unique visitors in July, beating the record of 1.6 million unique visitors in March 2009. He said his partnership with NBC will have no effect on his editorial policies or coverage of the NFL, and that he is looking to expand in the future. "I hope to eventually have 24-hour coverage, every day of the year," Florio said.
Both papers ran pieces that defended the reporter, and (predictably) killed Minaya. As a daily reader of the