TMZ would not comment, but a source told paidContent TMZ managing editor Harvey Levin “has always viewed politics and sports as potential spinoffs, since both involve power, money and celebrity. One of his key lieutenants, Evan Rosenblum, is a big sports buff and may be involved.”
SPORTSbyBROOKS chimed in:
Look at ESPN. With the majority of our only truly national sports network’s revenue derived from contractual agreements to broadcast NFL, MLB, NBA and NCAA hoops and football games, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think that ESPN’s news-reporting operation could be compromised by those financial arrangements.
Add in the fact that ESPN has no major national sports media competitor and now tell me what incentive ESPN has to report negative news about anything involving those league partners?
UPDATE: Check out this screen grab of TMZ ads on Deadspin, from Silicon Alley Insider, at the same time the item below was its lead story.
A TMZ sports site would represent a clear threat to Deadspin, but the folks at the Gawker-owned site don’t seem to be overly concerned, as this post by editor A.J. Daulerio indicates:
Does this mean that every single person on the planet with a raunchy photo of athletes drinking or sliming over women will now run over to TMZ first because they’ll offer some payment for these types of photos? Yikes. That would suck. But remember—we pay, too. Probably on a less frequent basis than they do, but should the right thing come along that I feel Deadspin could benefit from, I’ll gladly pay for it. It’s only happened once before, but if I have to start being more aggressive about using this burlap sack of scuzz money I have sitting on my desk, then so be it.
Keep that in mind if and when this “TMZ Sports” launches. I’m easy to talk to and promise to not make you feel so bad about yourself should you decide to peddle your sports-related gossip and assorted Cowboys dong-sucking stories and other crap. And when I do get these inquiries, you, dear reader, could be helpful in determining whether they’re worthwhile to pay for or not. Just don’t send me photos of Brett Favre’s ass.