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Volume 21 No. 39
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In The Office: Bleacher Report, New York

A Bleacher Report staffer shoots a jumper on a basketball court that doubles as a screening room for staff.

Sports industry veterans can remember Bleacher Report as a scrappy digital media underdog, merely trying to earn notice among established industry heavyweights such as ESPN and Sports Illustrated. Now part of Turner Sports, Bleacher Report’s continued ascendancy, particularly among younger fans, can be seen in the company’s new 60,000-square-foot New York offices in midtown Manhattan’s Paramount Plaza.

The work of Design Republic, the new Bleacher Report office is part work space, event space, and play space, eschewing traditional norms of walled offices and endless cubicle farms for lots of open areas, gallery and mural spaces, and a basketball court that doubles as a screening room.

— Eric Fisher

TVs with games on are a constant fixture.
The game room features local art.
A mix of communal and individual work areas provide flexibility.
An entrance off the elevator gives a nightclub feel.
Some of the individual spaces for staffers.
The two-story space allows for an exposed internal staircase.
Table tennis tournaments often grow fierce.
“We’re a sports media brand, but we’re also a fun brand,” said Bleacher Report President Rory Brown.
A studio serves as one of the sets for Bleacher Report’s stable of video programming.
A more open design was critical after Bleacher Report outgrew its prior space near Columbus Circle.
Office decor was inspired by sports-themed movies such as “Bull Durham,” “Rocky” and “A League Of Their Own.”