Bleacher Report Co-Founder Takes On Haters

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- ICYMI: A few weeks back, Time Warner ( TWX) scooped up Bleacher Report for roughly $175 million. That makes the wildly popular sports news and views' Web site part of the massive Turner Sports stable. There's no limit to the integration possibilities. Heck, Bleacher Report already powers sports at

Lots of people, particularly the most pure sports fans and old school journalists, harbor strong hate for Bleacher Report and its young, outspoken co-founder Bryan Goldberg.

That hate, in most cases, stems from ignorance and insecurity. The world changes. Certain things come along and change the world. As insignificant as it might seem, Bleacher Report played and continues to play a huge role in transforming how we consume not just sports news, but information in general. Evolve, embrace the innovation, get with the times or die a miserable and bitter death.

Anyway, an excerpt from Goldberg's recent pandodaily response to the haters nicely leads into a Part One of a chat I had with Goldberg last week in Lower Manhattan.

Part Two -- where we discuss Goldberg's next adventure, a multimedia site geared toward women -- hits TheStreet Wednesday morning.

A lot of journalists view the Bleacher Report business with contempt. That's their prerogative. But their attitude is a disservice to their field, and their refusal to evolve will dig them into a deeper hole . . . When journalists criticize a publication for "putting profits first," then they are biting the hand that feeds them. Don't want profits? Fine. Then don't expect a job in 10 years.

These journalists are also guilty of closing the door behind them. That is, their bosses are scared to cut newsroom workers, so they just agree to buy-outs and "hiring freezes." It's OK to screw over the next generation of journalists, right, so long as you keep your job? Well, guess what? Somebody noticed this phenomenon and offered opportunities to these young college students. We did.


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-- Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.
Rocco Pendola is TheStreet's Director of Social Media. Pendola's daily contributions to TheStreet frequently appear on CNBC and at various top online properties, such as Forbes.