FanRag Sports

It looks like the latest site to cut a significant number of writers is FanRag Sports. Back in August, FanRag laid off long-time director of content Tommy Stokke and several other writers, and now they’ve made further cuts. Many FanRag writers tweeted Monday that they were let go, with some mentioning that the company had a new video-focused direction:

Steven Goldman announced that he wouldn’t be writing for FanRag any longer, but would continue podcasts with them:

This decision follows major rounds of layoffs elsewhere this year, including ESPNBleacher ReportSIYahooFox SportsVocativMTVMicVice, and more. Many of those layoffs have mentioned pivoting to video, even if that approach hasn’t paid off for many of the sites that have tried it.

It’s unclear what exactly FanRag’s plans for their future content are, but there are a couple of mentions of an expanded video focus here. We’ve reached out to FanRag for comment on their future plans and will update if we get a statement from them. In the meantime, FanRag took some Twitter criticism for these cuts:

On another front, FanRag did announce a partnership with the Locked on Podcast Network earlier Monday:

The network is certainly expanding their audio content (and it’s notable that Goldman’s podcast is staying there, too), and several high-profile FanRag writers, including Jon Heyman and Zach Harper, haven’t tweeted about leaving. This makes it look like FanRag isn’t completely abandoning writing, but they do seem to be emphasizing other mediums, and it does appear that they’ve cut several of their regular writers. And that adds to a disappointing industry-wide trend. We’ll see what’s next for FanRag.

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.