✓ At least one story each week, by a different writer. Though our interests are varied and our locations diverse, we unite around the idea that sports reflects and impacts our culture at-large. From ultra ultra-running in the Yukon to the rise of fascism German soccer culture to a field guide about baseball butts, the coverage will be unlike anything you can find elsewhere.
✓ A Sports Desk T-shirt, for higher-level backers.
✓ Access to every story, by every writer on Beacon.
Most sportswriting makes the assumption that the only thing that matters is the score, but sports are so much more than just stats and recaps. Back us and we’ll give you a broader view of what makes sports so weird, so wonderful, and so unexpectedly important to us all.
Some stories will re-write accepted sports history. Some will take you to the very limits of human motivation. Others might simply revel in the total absurdity of modern athletics. But we promise, you’ll always be entertained.
The Sports Desk is Leigh Cowart, Brian Blickenstaff, Jack Moore, Eva Holland and Alex Wong.
Sports are ubiquitous and yet, despite their near-universal relevance, sports media tends to favor a simplistic, anti-septic rehash of events and highlights. The result is coverage that’s predictable, boring, and easy to dismiss.
At The Sports Desk, we’re fixated on figuring out why sports are so important to us, a question that extends beyond any one game or season. Our reporting gets at the core of sports culture — fandom, competition, identity and empire.
That might all sound a bit serious, and no doubt a lot of it will be — sports has an outsized impact on our oulture and economy, from labor rights to personal identity. But sports are also gloriously absurd, evidenced by the fact that something as meaningless as grown men running around in pajamas can mean so much to so many.
This collective on Beacon is a new experiment in what sportswriting can look like. We don’t have to meet web traffic goals or crank out game stories — we’re wholly independent, and can write the stories we want to share and that you want to read.
By backing us, the vast majority of your subscription fee goes to our team, every month. We’ll use it to cover the costs of our reporting, our time, and if the pledges get high enough, an illustrator to make our stories shine.
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