Zach and Adam Best

One of the key figures in FanSided is leaving the company after 10 years. Adam Best (seen at right above, in a photo from an October 2015 profile in Springfield, MO’s 417 Magazine), the company CEO and general manager who also co-founded the blog network with his brother Zach (at left above), announced on Twitter Thursday that he was leaving for new opportunities, and that Wednesday was his last day:

So, it sounds like Best is moving out of the sports world in general. FanSided’s certainly come a long way since he started it, especially with their 2015 acquisition by Time Inc. While Time struck plenty of more limited digital partnerships in sports (some of which recently ended), they went in on FanSided on a deeper level, buying the company. There have been some controversies at FanSided since then, but the network has also found traffic success (as Best mentions), and it’s definitely grown a lot since its beginnings.

It will be interesting to see where FanSided goes from here. Best tweeted that the rest of the team running it remains intact, so his departure may not necessarily lead to major change. However, he did have a vital role with the company, and he’ll leave big shoes to fill. We’ll see what’s next for him, and for the network he co-founded.

[Adam Best on Twitter]

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.