11 Sep 2009
by Aaron Schatz
Now that the new season is here, I wanted to put together a nice, concise list of 2009 Football Outsiders content and where it will appear. However, before we do that, I need to talk about our relationship with ESPN.
Many of you have probably noticed that over the past few months, all the FO content on ESPN has appeared in the ESPN Insider section, behind a subscription wall. (Yes, we have busted the irony meter with this move.) I know that the idea of having to pay for content on the Web is not popular. I also know that the idea of having to pay ESPN for access to FO content -- especially if you already pay FO for an FO Premium subscription -- is really not popular.
Nonetheless, we hope that readers understand that we have to make a living. Football Outsiders has to fully support four people: my family, where I'm currently the sole source of income, plus Bill Barnwell. I also want to do right by the rest of the FO writers, guys like Mike Tanier and Doug Farrar who have put so much time and effort into this website.
We've worked some specific wrinkles into our deal with ESPN which I hope will help make up for the fact that six FO articles per week will be appearing on ESPN Insider. Only two of the six columns existed prior to our agreement with ESPN: Any Given Sunday and Quick Reads. AGS will be ESPN Insider only, but we're going to republish Quick Reads here on Football Outsiders every Tuesday. You'll have to wait an extra day to get Quick Reads without a subscription, but you will get more content, since we'll be including Monday night games in there for the first time. In addition, FO Premium subscribers will receive a 25 percent discount on ESPN Insider subscriptions. (Not right this minute, unfortunately, but we'll announce how to get the discount as soon as the technical specifics are worked out.)
I'll also add, sounding like an advertisement, that ESPN Insider really does give you a lot of good stuff for your $40 (soon to be $30 for FO Premium subscribers). You get not just our ESPN material, but also K.C. Joyner, Scouts Inc., Mel Kiper, Baseball Prospectus and its various other-sport offshoots, Peter Gammons, Rob Neyer, Chad Ford, John Hollinger, and a lot more.
Six columns on ESPN Insider doesn't mean there isn't plenty of material left here at FO, of course. Here's a look at the full schedule of regular FO columns for this season. Listings in italics appear somewhere else but will always be linked at FO, either in the ESPN section or the "FO in the Papers" section. Listings in blue are college football articles.
Audibles at the Line
One Foot Inbounds
ESPN: Quick Reads
Quick Reads (FO reprint)
The Week in Quotes
ESPN: Any Given Sunday
Black and Blue Report*
Scramble for the Ball
ESPN: Rotating College Football Feature
Seventh Day Adventure
ESPN: Numbers Crunching
Washington Post: Smarter Stats
Dallas Morning News: Five Questions with Bill Barnwell
ESPN: Fantasy Football Projections
New York Times: Mike Tanier's game previews
Washington Post: Doug Farrar's play breakdown
ESPN: Rotating MNF Feature
*Note: Black and Blue will sometimes appear Thursday instead of Wednesday.
57 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2009, 1:11pm by Still Looking
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