The next big thing in sports journalism emerges

COURTESY OF Wikimedia Commons BLAKE GRIFFIN in warm ups in March 2011. Griffin is a senior editor at The Players’ Tribune and has an article in which he describes his interactions with former Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling when he was a rookie in 2009.

COURTESY OF Wikimedia Commons
BLAKE GRIFFIN in warm ups in March 2011. Griffin is a senior editor at The Players’ Tribune and has an article in which he describes his interactions with former Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling when he was a rookie in 2009.

Commentary by
CARMINE GERRITY-GEMEI
Sports Editor

 

The Player’s Tribune is an online publication founded by Derek Jeter, which released its first article Oct. 1, and has articles written by professional athletes, themselves.

This way of communicating athlete’s information with the public is entirely new because we are used to hearing about athlete’s stories through the gatekeeping media, not directly from the athletes. Sometimes, media and word-of-mouth create an effect similar to that of the game ‘telephone’ in which the message is passed on from person to person. That message usually gets changed because of different people’s interpretations and memory ability.

With this new medium, however, the athletes can write directly to their fans without worrying about journalists using their words out of context. It is an opportunity for the athletes to be more honest and open about pressing issues of public interest within their lives, their team, their sport, etc. because they are now writing the story themselves so they can control how their message gets out.

According to The Players’ Tribune website, Danica Patrick, NASCAR driver, Russell Wilson, NFL quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks and Blake Griffin, NBA forward for the Los Angeles Clippers, are senior editors; and Derek Jeter, the retired legendary Yankees’ shortstop is the founding publisher.

Danica Patrick wrote an article titled “Relationship Status: Normal-ish” released on Oct. 1, Russell Wilson wrote an article titled “Let’s Talk About Domestic Violence” released Oct. 2, Blake Griffin wrote an article titled “The Boss” released Oct. 16 and Derek Jeter wrote an article titled “The Start of Something New” released Oct. 1. The next article and editor are scheduled to be released Thursday.
The Players’ Tribune website states that it will strive to be “The Voice of the Game.”

“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,” the tribune states. “The Players’ Tribune aims to provide unique insight into the daily sports conversation and to publish first-person stories directly from athletes.”

This intimate, first-person, gatekeeper free online publication may revolutionize the way we connect with issues and news about our favorite athletes and sports.

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