SBD/July 12, 2012/Media
Published July 12, 2012
COMING & GOING: The CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION's Brad Wolverton reported sportswriter Steve Wieberg is leaving USA Today after "nearly 30 years" with the newspaper, and this is his last week. Wieberg has taken a job "teaching high-school English and journalism near his home" in Lawson, Mo. The move comes "amid a major restructuring of USA Today’s sports staff." Last month, 15 writers and editors there lost their jobs, but Wieberg "was not a part of those layoffs" (CHRONICLE.com, 7/11). Meanwhile, The Big Lead’s McIntyre tweeted USA Today has hired the Washington Post’s Michael Katz, the Portland Oregonian’s Jeff Martin and the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Brent Schrotenboer (TWITTER.com, 7/11).
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT: PrePlay, a N.Y.-based startup developer of predictive mobile games, has secured $3.1M in Series A venture capital funding, with the round led by social media entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, RSE Ventures CEO Matt Higgins and others. The funds will be used to build out additional games. PrePlay earlier this year struck a deal with the NHL and beer sponsor Molson to create the Molson Canadian PrePlay app. The game, available for iPhone and iPad, allows users to accumulate points by correctly predicting upcoming plays in televised games (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).