Pete Zayas was one of the dozens of writers laid off by The Athletic in early June. Zayas is the creator of Laker Film Room, a YouTube channel that breaks down games, players, and more, which eventually led to Zayas joining The Athletic in 2018.

Now, less than two weeks later, Zayas will indeed be producing more Lakers-related videos. Now, though, he’ll be doing it in an official capacity.

The official Lakers account also broadcast the news, along with Lakers president Jeannie Buss.

It’s become somewhat trendy in recent years for professional teams across sports to hire media members or analysts for team positions, it’s somewhat less common for it to happen so quickly after losing a job. It has to be even more rewarding for Zayas; it’s fun to think about the work that went into something like this lengthy breakdown of Larry Nance Jr.’s 2016 Summer League performance knowing that in 2020, Zayas will be doing a lot more work for the Lakers than Nance will.

It’s a nice example of a team not stifling a creator, too, but instead embracing the content and then bringing it in-house as a way to reach an audience. That’s a refreshing approach considering so many leagues and teams routinely file DMCA’s in an effort to prevent people from sharing.

About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.