12 Facts About Deadspin


Deadspin is a sports blog founded by Will Leitch in 2005 and based in Chicago.

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Deadspin posted daily previews, recaps, and commentaries of major sports stories, as well as sports-related anecdotes, rumors, and videos.

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Alumni writers of Deadspin have gone on to work for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated.

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Deadspin was founded in December 2005 by editor-in-chief Will Leitch, an author and at that time a founding editor of the New York City-based culture website, "The Black Table", in his New York City apartment, where he wrote 40 blog posts a day.

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Deadspin was one of six websites that were purchased by Univision Communications in their acquisition of Gawker Media in August 2016.

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Deadspin cited dysfunction caused by corporate management, attempts by them to intimidate writers out of reporting on it, and undermining and condescending to the site's senior staff.

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The Deadspin post said that the editorial staff "are as upset with the current state of our site's user experience as [readers] are" but that they could not control the "ad experience".

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Deadspin broke the story of Sarah Phillips, a reporter hired by ESPN who lied about her identity and credentials to staffers in order to gain employment.

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In 2013, Deadspin broke the news that the reported September 2012 death of the girlfriend of Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te'o, which Te'o had said inspired him during the 2012 season, was apparently a hoax.

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Deadspin found no evidence that the girlfriend had ever existed, much less died.

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Deadspin received attention for "buying" a vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame election in 2013.

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On October 15,2014, Deadspin published an article which alleged that Cory Gardner, the Republican who ran for the US Senate in Colorado, had faked his high school football career.

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