Best Of 2019

Best Place to Read About Cincinnati Sports: "The Athletic"

Although sports and sports coverage are among the top things people like to argue and complain about most in this crazy world, Cincinnati is actually quite lucky when it comes to those who’ve chosen to write about and cover our local teams professionally. Some of that talent got expertly consolidated by The Athletic, a subscription-based sports journalism website that features nearly 50 city-specific sub-sites that cover hometown teams across North America. Adding a Cincinnati hub in 2018, The Athletic enlisted an all-star team of local sports writers that includes Justin Williams (covering UC sports), Shannon Russell (longtime Xavier basketball beat writer), utility man Mo Egger and C. Trent Rosecrans, who left The Enquirer to bring his fantastic Reds coverage to the site. The Athletic’s mix of news, analysis and long-form journalism was created with the belief that if the coverage was great, people would be willing to pay for the content. With the Cincinnati’s site’s stellar lineup and consistently engaging coverage, if the business model doesn’t work here, it probably won’t work anywhere. The Athletic, theathletic.com/cincinnati.