Tom Brady Launches a Sports Media Startup

Plus, a company that speeds up custom support raises $25 million and there's startup that let's you rent fine jewelry. Venturer Published 7:30 am, Friday, February 16, 2018 Photo: Maddie Meyer | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Maddie Meyer | Getty Images Tom Brady Launches a Sports Media Startup 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Tom Brady just might go down in the business hall of fame. The famous quarterback is launching a sports media startup called The Religion Of Sports. Brady is launching the media company alongside Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra. They are reportedly seeking $3 million in outside capital. UJET, a startup that streamlines the customer support process, raised $25 million in a series B round led by GV. The San Franciso-based startup is going to use the recent round of funding to scale the business and open a New York office. UJET has raised $45 million to date. Have you ever wanted to borrow fine jewelry for a fraction of the price? Well, now you can! An ecommerce startup called Flont lets you rent fine jewelry. Flont carries designers ranging from Cartier to smaller fine jewelry companies that are not household names. You can become a monthly member or rent once an item once. Related:Tom Brady Launches a Sports Media StartupNot Tech but collaborations to Be the Next Big Thing for Fintech IndustryCannabis Industry Likely to Employ More Than 400,000 By 2021, Study Projects Copyright 2018 Inc., All rights reservedThis article originally appeared on Continue Reading

RJ’s Steve Carp wins Nevada Sportswriter award from National Sports Media Association

Review-Journal sports reporter Steve Carp accepts induction into the US Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame on Monday, April 3, 2017. (Ed Graney/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Las Vegas Review Journal reporter Steve Carp, who covers the Golden Knights, has been selected as the Nevada Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association, the organization announced this week. This marked the sixth time the award has been given to Carp, who has been with the Review-Journal since 1999. Amber Dixon, sports anchor for KXNV-TV, was selected as the Nevada Sportscaster of the Year for the first time by the national organization. Carp, 59, has been in Las Vegas since 1988 when he spent 11 years at the Las Vegas Sun. He has covered UNLV basketball, the 2006 NBA All-Star Game, Team USA Basketball, the NBA Summer League and college basketball tournaments that have been held in Las Vegas. He was the RJ’s boxing and golf writer since 2007 and has also covered professional tennis, pro soccer and pro football. In 2016 he was selected to head the RJ’s coverage of the NHL expansion team that became the Knights. Carp, who is the author of “Runnin’,”a book on the history of UNLV basketball, has won numerous writing awards from the Nevada Press Association and he is a past president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He will be among those honored on June 23-25 at the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Salisbury, N.C. Thomas Boswell, Woody Durham, Bryant Gumbel and Dick Weiss will be inducted into the Hall during the event. Also honored will be National Sportscaster of the Year Kevin Harlan and National Sportswriter of the Year Adrian Wojnarowski, and 104 State Sportscasters and Sportswriters of the Year. Continue Reading

World-Herald’s Dirk Chatelain named state’s top sportswriter by National Sports Media Association

For the third year in a row and the fifth time in seven years, The World-Herald’s Dirk Chatelain was named the Nebraska Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Chatelain, who has been at The World-Herald for 13 years, writes features and columns as well as the “Mad Chatter” blog on This marks the ninth year in a row that a World-Herald sportswriter was named the Nebraska Sportswriter of the Year by the national association. In that time, The World-Herald’s Sam McKewon and Lee Barfknecht have won the award twice. Greg Sharper, radio play-by-play announcer on the Husker IMG Sports Network tied for the state’s Sportscaster of the Year award with Kevin Sjuts of KOLN-TV/KGIN-TV. It’s Sharpe’s first NSMA award, Sjuts’ second. The state sportscasters and sportswriters of the year from around the country will be honored during the NSSA’s 58th annual awards banquet in June in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Continue Reading

Post columnist Thomas Boswell voted into National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame

Thomas Boswell was voted into the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame. (Julia Ewan/The Washington Post) The National Sports Media Association on Tuesday announced that Washington Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell was voted into the organization’s Hall of Fame. The other members of this year’s four-person class, who will be inducted during a ceremony in June in Winston-Salem, N.C., include HBO “Real Sports” host Bryant Gumbel, former North Carolina football and basketball radio voice Woody Durham and longtime college basketball writer Dick “Hoops” Weiss. Boswell, a D.C. native who marked 48 years at The Post in November, covered high school sports, tennis, golf, boxing, college basketball and baseball as a general assignment reporter for 12 years after starting his career as a copy aide. He was named a columnist in 1984, the same year his peers voted him the NSMA D.C. sportswriter of the year and “Why Time Begins on Opening Day,” one of his many books on baseball, was published. [The numbers don’t lie: Kirk Cousins is elite] The NSMA (formerly the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association) announced finalists for the 2018 Hall of Fame class in November, and voting was open to NSMA voters throughout December. Grantland Rice was the first inductee in 1962; other current and former Post sportswriters in the hall include Shirley Povich (1984), Sally Jenkins (2005) and Dave Kindred (2007). “There’s a lot of good company over the years,” said Boswell, who was already enshrined in the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame, the St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes Hall of Fame and the D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame. “It’s very nice, and I’m proud to be in that company.” Meanwhile, Capitals play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati and Nationals reporter Mark Zuckerman were Continue Reading

USA TODAY Sports Media Group Hires Acclaimed Golf Writer Geoff Shackelford

Geoff Shackelford, considered one of the most influential multimedia journalists in golf, has been named Senior Writer for Golfweek. Golfweek was acquired by USA TODAY Sports Media Group in October 2016.Shackelford’s critically acclaimed website,, covers the state of the game, players, organizations and course architecture. He will share his insights across golf coverage for Golfweek and across the USA TODAY NETWORK. Shackelford’s website will also be added to the USA Today Sports Media Group.“We’re excited to add Geoff’s insight to Golfweek and to USA TODAY Sports Media Group,” said Gerry Ahern, Editor-in-Chief, USA TODAY Sports Media Group. “We feel our audience of golf fans will value the addition of his content on the USA TODAY NETWORK.”“I’m thrilled by the opportunity to join the USA TODAY Sports Media Group and the incredible journalists at Golfweek who bring knowledge, passion and depth to their coverage,” said Shackelford. “The combination of their media assets, vision for the future and desire to bring serious golfers smart and engaging content is beyond exciting.”Additionally, Geoff Shackelford, based in Los Angeles, is a weekly contributor to Golf Channel's Morning Drive and Golf Central programs.  He is also the co-host of the ShackHouse Podcast, which launched in 2016 as part of Bill Simmons’ enormously popular Ringer network and quickly became the top golf podcast on iTunes.  Shackelford is also a course architect, having partnered with Gil Hanse on Rustic Canyon Golf Course in southern California, as well as renovations of Los Angeles Country Club’s North and South Courses. The club’s North Course will host the 2017 Walker Cup and the 2023 U.S. was initially created in March 2003 to monitor various subjects covered in the author's books, including The Future of Golf. The blog became a partner website Continue Reading

Association of Women in Sports Media Silent On Jemele Hill

An organization that “supports the advancement and growth of women” in sports media is silent after one of its own, ESPN’s Jemele Hill, was disciplined for violations to the company’s social media policy and then targeted and personally attacked by the president of the United States.After an email inquiry about the national attention around Hill, to a generic organization email account, BuzzFeed News received an unsigned response: “AWSM has not released a statement on Jemele Hill.”Hill was warned by ESPN after tweeting that President Trump was a white supremacist, and this week was suspended for two weeks after suggesting that if fans wanting to make a statement to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones should boycott advertisers because “change happens when advertisers are impacted.”She later stated that she was not, in fact, advocating for any sort of a boycott, but rather offering commentary. The suspension came immediately. AWSM’s Lydia Craver, the chair of the board of the organization and an ESPN employee did not immediately respond to an email from BuzzFeed News seeking comment.Referring to the email sent from the nameless account, Jenny Dial Creech, a columnist for the Houston Chronicle, said, “Thanks for your email. I believe Meghan Montemurro got back to you yesterday.”AWSM has featured Hill prominently on its website and sent a press release saying that she and ESPN colleague Cari Champion was set to participate in its annual conference this spring. In the recent past, it has quickly responded, for instance, to the press conference of Carolina Panthers quarterback in which Cam Newton said it was “funny to hear a female talk about routes.”“AWSM is very discouraged by Cam Newton’s disrespectful remarks and actions directed to a female reporter during today’s Carolina Panthers press conference,” the organization said that day. “As a watchdog group, AWSM Continue Reading

An NBA Player Is Missing the Playoffs Because the NYPD Broke His Leg—Why the Sports-Media Silence?

The NBA Finals may be determined by an act of police violence. This is an incendiary fact, yet a curious media silence surrounds the saga of injured Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha. The nine-year pro has been absent from the playoffs after a group of New York Police Department officers broke his leg in April following a late-night confrontation outside a Chelsea nightclub. The police accounts about what took place conflict dramatically, with video that emerged of a group of officers surrounding Sefolosha, with one brandishing a nightstick. Sefolosha, with assistance from the National Basketball Players Association, is planning a lawsuit against the City of New York. How this is not a continual firestorm is, frankly, bewildering. Given that there is a national movement confronting racialized police violence, and given that last winter saw the most prominent players in the NBA—LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, even Kobe Bryant—speaking out in solidarity with this movement, it seems like a story too magnetic to ignore. It’s also unprecedented. My first editor told me, “The sun going up is beautiful, but it’s not a story. The sun not coming up, now, that’s a story.” This is the sun not coming up. It’s a narrative that would appear ripe for big-budget investigative reporting, regular updates, or even chatter. It would especially seem tailor-made for an era in sports media when everything is numbingly over-discussed; an era when Tom Brady’s vigorously rubbed footballs or the presence of adorable children at NBA press conferences qualifies as subjects of endless debate. But somehow it’s not. Now, as the Hawks square off against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, this story should be re-emerging with a vengeance, and not only because Sefolosha is the only Hawk with deep playoff experience, as well as an effective defender of Cavs’ all-world superstar LeBron James. In game Continue Reading

Stuart Scott Changed Sports Media and Changed Me

On Sunday morning, legendary ESPN anchor Stuart Scott died at the age of 49. The Nation sports editor Dave Zirin joined Joy Reid on MSNBC’s The Reid Report on Monday to discuss Scott’s legacy. Scott was a “liberator of language,” Zirin said. “He was a…representative of a hip-hop generation and a hip-hop vernacular that a lot of America, and certainly not Bristol, Connecticut, where ESPN is headquartered, wasn’t exposed to before.” But Scott’s influence wasn’t limited to sports media. Zirin also talked about Scott’s impact on his own experience with cancer. “I [was] in a fog of depression and self-loathing and anger. No one was reaching me,” he told Reid. “And then I watched Stuart Scott’s speech. And I listened, over and over again, to those seven words, where he said, ‘You fight cancer by how you live.’” Scott reframed the traditional cancer narrative, Zirin said—once again, changing the game. —Naomi Gordon-Loebl Continue Reading

Unfortunately, new website The Athletic reflects old diversity problem in sports media

The lack of diversity in press boxes and newsrooms across the country was put on notice this week when a photo was posted revealing the college sports staff of a new website called The Athletic. For those unaware, The Athletic is trying a fresh business model in a handful of cities across the country. As of now, the site is focusing on college football, and the key sports in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Toronto and the Bay Area. The plan is simple: hire top sportswriters and have people pay for the coverage they want, from the sports writers who cover the teams they care about. This past week, the site came under scrutiny when it released a photo of their college football team, which includes: Stewart Mandel, Nicole Auerbach, Matt Fortuna, Chantel Jennings, Jason Kersey, Max Olson, Dan Uthman, and Chris Vannini. But, why is everybody in this picture white? Because, unfortunately, that's the way our industry is set up. According to the most recent Racial and Gender Report Card that was done by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports on the Associated Press Sports Editors, these are the facts. 90.1 percent of sports editors are white. 90.2 percent of assistant sports editors are white. 87.6 percent of sports columnists are white. 87.4 percent of sports reporters are white. 80.8 percent of copy editor and designers are white. And if you still don't believe me, ask a sports journalist of color what they think about those numbers, and they'll quickly inform you that they aren't "alternative facts." This isn't "Fake News." Sports media does a terrible job in terms of diversity. The Athletic's CEO, Alex Mather, admitted on Monday that the site was "having issues creating a diverse team." He's also gone on to say that, "As CEO I take full responsibility for the makeup of the team. I think you are exactly right on how this happens — we are a startup moving extremely quickly and too Continue Reading

Daily News columnist Mike Lupica named to National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame

Longtime New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica has been named to the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame. Lupica was announced as a Hall of Famer alongside Linda Cohn, the late Frank Gifford and Sam Lacy in a video posted by the organization on Wednesday. Best known for his famous “Shooting from the Lip” column, Lupica has covered New York sports in his unique and biting style for over 40 years. The 64-year-old columnist previously won the NSMA’s New York Sportswriter of the Year award in 2010. “It’s a wonderful honor,” Lupica said, reflecting on his four decades of working for The News. “It’s another occasion for me to realize just how lucky I’ve been since Mike O’Neil hired me. I started on the same day as Pete Hamill, not only one of my best friends, but one of my heroes.” Lupica’s uncompromising opinion pieces, frank observations and interviews have earned him a reputation as one of the most prolific and inimitable voices in the sportswriting world. “Mike Lupica has been, and remains, the most incisive, inspirational, entertaining and humorous sportswriter of the modern era,” Daily News Editor in Chief Arthur Browne said. “He truly belongs in the hall of fame.” Lupica’s brand of blunt assessment and no-nonsense reporting has graced the pages of The News since 1977, when he became the youngest columnist ever at a New York paper. His columns have covered the ins and outs — and ups and downs — of the Yankees, the Knicks, state politics and national issues alike. The Oneida, N.Y.-born scribe’s bold and thought-provoking pieces on gun rights, presidential elections, George Steinbrenner and others have inspired a generation of younger writers. “It’s a recognition of just staying at it and loving this business and loving this Continue Reading