We occasionally check out FS1’s Twitter feed to see what kind of clips they ultimately want us to see. Like this one the other day where someone named Rob Parker put together of the Top Five Sluggers of All Time list that included Yankees rookie Aaron Judge.
Whether our browser is outdated or it has some innate ability to sniff our fraudulent content, we have been getting the message across all video links: “This media could not be played.”
Thank goodness for small favors.
Recent cutbacks at FoxSports.com from the writers’ and editors’ wing has awakened writers and editors in other media outlets to respond. Like us. It’s not a trend anyone wants to see continue or be called a success — this takingvideo clips from FS1 programming and turning FoxSports.com into a low-brow YouTube channel.
It has to have repercussions.
One indication of where Fox’s online strategy is going is that even a newish website like the Chicago-based TheAthletic.com ($5.99 a month, $39.99 a year) is promoting the fact on Twitter this week that “You will never have to watch an auto-play video of @RealSkipBayless on our site. That’s reason enough to try it.”
One can watch Repetitive Tweet Syndrome about how low Bayless’ ratings are on FS1 compared to all other children’s shows. Or debate whether no one reads stories longer than 1,000 words any more.
Has binge-watching Netflix, a way to numb our mind in these crazy political times, sort of killed the sports writing stars? Don’t we need written journalism more than ever before? We just have our simplified reaction to how this is unfolding at our Sunday Media column link here.