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Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Blog
Registration Optional
Owner Gawker Media
Created by Will Leitch, Rick Chandler
Editor Tommy Craggs
Launched September 9, 2005
Alexa rank positive decrease 1,586 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active

Deadspin is a sports website owned by Gawker Media and was launched in September 2005. As of February 2010, the site had attracted over 462 million unique visitors and about 573 million page views.[2]

Deadspin's founding editor-in-chief was Will Leitch, author and a founding editor of the New York City–based culture website, "The Black Table". Leitch announced on June 5, 2008 that he would be leaving to take a position at New York magazine.[3] He was replaced by A. J. Daulerio, former senior writer for the site.[4]

The current staff[5] consists of editor Tommy Craggs, managing editor Emma Carmichael, video/assignment editor Tim Burke, writers Barry Petchesky and Dom Cosentino, weekend editor Sean Newell, and contributing editor Drew Magary, along with a rotating group of regular contributors, interns and editorial assistants.

The editorial tone is similar to that of its sister site liberal, sarcastic, humorous and often critical of mainstream media personalities.


The site posts commentaries, recaps, and previews of the major sports stories of the day, as well as sports-related anecdotes, rumors and YouTube videos. The last post each evening is tagged "DUAN" and means Deadspin Up All Night, often taking on a life of its own and featuring wildly diverse (and not necessarily related to sport) commentary. Like, stories on Deadspin come from anonymous tips, readers, and other sports blogs.[6]

Mainstream recognition[edit]

Sports Illustrated cited two stories that came from Deadspin, photographs of Matt Leinart partying in New York City and the first published report that outfielder Matt Lawton had tested positive for steroids, as two of the top web stories of 2005, and Time magazine named the site one of the 50 coolest websites of 2006.[7][8]

"You're with me, leather," a phrase allegedly used by ESPN anchor Chris Berman, appeared in an anecdote submitted by a site contributor, became a running gag among readers and was used on-air by television personalities such as ESPN's Tony Kornheiser and Neil Everett and MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.[9]

A second season episode of the Starz sitcom Party Down name-checked Deadspin. The episode concerned a fictional NFL Draft prospect dropping in the draft because of his rumored homosexuality, with Deadspin providing photographic evidence.[10]

Deadspin broke the story of NFL quarterback Brett Favre's alleged sexual misconduct toward journalist Jenn Sterger. The story was picked up (and credited to Deadspin) by numerous mainstream media outlets, including ESPN,[11] Newsweek,[12] and the New York Daily News.[13]

Deadspin broke the story of Sarah Phillips, a reporter hired by ESPN who lied about her identity and credentials to staffers in order to gain employment.[14]

In 2013, Deadspin broke the news that the reported September 2012 death of the girlfriend of Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te'o, which Te'o had said inspired him during the 2012 season, was apparently a hoax. Specifically, Deadspin found no evidence that the girlfriend had ever existed, much less died. As with the Favre–Sterger story, many mainstream media outlets credited Deadspin, among them CNN, ESPN,[15] Sports Illustrated,[16] and the Associated Press.[17]

Baseball Hall of Fame vote controversy[edit]

Deadspin received attention for "buying" a vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame election in 2013. The site announced in late November 2013 that it acquired a vote from a BBWAA sportswriter, and would let the site's readers vote on the ballot to be submitted.[18] On December 23, the site said it lost its original vote, but procured another one. It also said the vote was "purchased" not through a cash payment to the writer, but instead to a charity of his choice.[19] Deadspin voters selected Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Curt Schilling. Compared to BBWAA writers, Deadspin voters were much more likely to vote for players accused of using performance-enhancing drugs.[20]

On January 8, after the Hall of Fame voting was announced, Deadspin revealed that its voter was Miami Herald sportswriter Dan Le Batard.[20] Le Batard was heavily criticized by fellow sportswriters for "selling" his vote.[21] The BBWAA permanently revoked his Hall of Fame voting privileges and suspended his membership for one year.[22]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Deadspin site summary". Sitemeter. December 18, 2007. [original research?]
  3. ^ A Note From Your Editor
  4. ^ Meet Your New Editor(s)
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  7. ^ "Top Web Stories Of The Year". Sports Illustrated. March 22, 2006. 
  8. ^ Buechner, Maryanne Murray (August 3, 2006). "50 Coolest Websites 2006". Time. 
  9. ^ Hoffarth, Tom (November 27, 2006). "The dubious dozen". LA Daily News. 
  10. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (June 18, 2010). "'Party Down' - 'Cole Landry's Draft Day Party': Coming out for the team". 
  11. ^ Brett Favre faces more allegations, ESPN (Oct. 9, 2010)
  12. ^ Dailey, Kate (2011-01-20) What Frank Deford Gets Wrong About Deadspin's Brett Favre Pictures, Newsweek
  13. ^ O'Keefe, Michael (2011-01-12) Brett Favre's sister, Brandi Favre, arrested at alleged meth lab at Mississippi condo complex, New York Daily News
  14. ^ Koblin, John (2012-05-01) [1], Deadspin
  15. ^ "Story of Manti Te'o girlfriend a hoax". January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ Rosenberg, Michael (January 16, 2013). "Te'o girlfriend hoax filled with more questions than answers". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Notre Dame says story about Te'o girlfriend dying apparently a hoax". The Washington Post. Associated Press. January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  18. ^ Marchman, Tim (November 26, 2013). "Deadspin Buys Hall Of Fame Vote, Will Turn It Over To Deadspin Readers". Deadspin. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  19. ^ Marchman, Tim (December 23, 2013). "Deadspin Buys Hall Of Fame Vote, Will Turn It Over To Deadspin Readers". Deadspin. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b Marchman, Tim (January 8, 2014). "Revealed: The Hall Of Fame Voter Who Turned His Ballot Over To Deadspin". Deadspin. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ Ley, Tom (January 9, 2014). "The Angry Things Writers Are Saying About Our Hall Of Fame Ballot". Deadspin. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  22. ^ Scott, Nate (January 9, 2014). "BBWAA permanently strips Dan Le Batard of Hall-of-Fame vote". USA Today. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 

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