SBD/February 1, 2011/Media

Longtime ESPN.com Baseball Writer Rob Neyer Heading To SB Nation

DC-based blog network SB Nation has hired Rob Neyer, former baseball writer for ESPN.com, as its national baseball editor, marking a major talent acquisition for the startup outfit. Neyer, who joined ESPN.com forerunner ESPNet SportsZone in '96 and proceeded to spend 15 years with the company, is widely seen as one of the original trailblazers for high-quality online sports journalism and analysis, particularly with regard to sabermetrics and statistics-based content. "Rob is one of the best pure Internet talents anywhere, someone who really gets how to engage audiences online," said SB Nation Chair & CEO Jim Bankoff. "We've prided ourselves on attracting the best native web talent anywhere, and this is an extension, certainly a high-profile extension, of that strategy. We're very excited." Neyer will remain based in Portland. Financial terms of his hire were not disclosed but industry sources said he will receive stock options in SB Nation, similar to other full-time employees there. ESPN said in a statement it will now look to replace Neyer.

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