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Type of site
OwnerG/O Media
Alexa rankDecrease 3,002 (December 2018)[1]
LaunchedSeptember 9, 2005; 14 years ago (2005-09-09)
Current statusOnline

Deadspin is a sports news and blog website, originally founded by Gawker Media.

Deadspin posts commentaries, recaps and previews of major sports stories of the day, as well as sports-related anecdotes, rumors and videos. Additionally, the site presents stories and commentaries related to non-sports subjects and publishes non-sports sub-sections, including The Concourse (devoted to culture, politics and lifestyles)[2] and the humor blog Adequate Man.[3]

Deadspin's last post each evening, tagged DUAN ("Deadspin Up All Night"), is infamous for its occasionally viral and usually wildly diverse commentaries.[4]


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.[5] He was replaced by A. J. Daulerio, former senior writer for the site.[6] Author and journalist Drew Magary, formerly a frequent contributor to the site's comments section, has served as an editor and chief columnist since 2008.

Time magazine named the site one of the 50 coolest websites of 2006.[7]

Deadspin was one of six websites that was purchased by Univision Communications in their acquisition of Gawker Media in August 2016.[8]

The current masthead[9] consists of editor-in-chief Megan Greenwell, deputy editor Barry Petchesky, managing editor Tom Ley, senior editor Diana Moskovitz, along with a staff of full-time writers and regular contributors, however Megan Greenwell resigned effective August 23, 2019.[10]


Deadspin broke the story of NFL quarterback Brett Favre's alleged sexual misconduct toward journalist Jenn Sterger.[11][12]

Deadspin also 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.[13]

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. Deadspin found no evidence that the girlfriend had ever existed, much less died.[14][15]

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 had acquired a vote from a BBWAA writer which was "purchased" not through a cash payment to the writer, but instead to a charity of the writer's choice.[16] On January 8, after the Hall of Fame voting was announced, Deadspin revealed that its voter was Miami Herald sportswriter Dan Le Batard. Le Batard was heavily criticized by fellow sportswriters for "selling" his vote.[17] The BBWAA permanently revoked his Hall of Fame voting privileges and suspended his membership for one year.[18]

On October 15, 2014, Deadspin published an article which alleged that Cory Gardner, the Republican who ran for the U.S. Senate in Colorado, had faked his high school football career. Later that day, Gardner tweeted photographic evidence of himself in his football uniform as a teenager, and the main source of the story said the report mischaracterized his comments.[19] Deadspin updated the article with an editor's note which stated the correct information.[20][21] Republican-aligned blog The Washington Free Beacon criticized the article as a "politically-motivated hit."[22]

After Deadspin posted an article asking readers to post proof of Ted Cruz playing basketball,[23] Cruz responded by jokingly tweeting a picture of Duke University star Grayson Allen, which then prompted Deadspin to reply with "Go eat shit."[24][25][26]

In July 2017, Deadspin sparked controversy when in response to Senator John McCain's brain cancer diagnosis, Deadspin's Twitter account tweeted that the website did not want to "hear another fucking word about John McCain unless he dies or does something useful for once."[27]

In March 2018, The Concourse posted a video showcasing versions of a controversial "journalistic responsibility" promo being produced by television stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which helped bring mainstream attention to them.[28][29]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Concourse - Culture, food, whatever". The Concourse. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Adequate Man - Be good enough at everything". Adequate Man. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Duan News, Video and Gossip - Deadspin". DUAN.
  5. ^ Will Leitch. "A Note From Your Editor". Deadspin. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Will Leitch. "Meet Your New Editor(s)". Deadspin. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Buechner, Maryanne Murray (August 3, 2006). "50 Coolest Websites 2006". Time.
  8. ^ Michael Calderone (August 18, 2016). " Ending Operations Next Week". HuffPost. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "About Deadspin". Deadspin. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  10. ^ Greenwell, Morgan (August 23, 2019) "The Adults in the Room" Deadspin
  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. ^ Koblin, John (2012-05-01) [1], Deadspin
  14. ^ "Story of Manti Te'o girlfriend a hoax". ESPN. January 17, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "Notre Dame says story about Te'o girlfriend dying apparently a hoax". Washington Post. Associated Press. January 16, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  16. ^ Tim Marchman (December 23, 2013). "Deadspin Buys Hall Of Fame Vote, Will Turn It Over To Deadspin Readers". Deadspin. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  17. ^ Tom Ley (January 9, 2014). "The Angry Things Writers Are Saying About Our Hall Of Fame Ballot". Deadspin. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  18. ^ Nate Scott (January 9, 2014). "BBWAA permanently strips Dan Le Batard of Hall-of-Fame vote". USA Today. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  19. ^ Jon Murray and Lynn Bartels (2014-10-15). "Main source disputes Deadspin story of Cory Gardner's football career".
  20. ^ William Jacobson (October 16, 2014). "Thanks Deadspin!". Legal Insurrection. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  21. ^ Erik Wemple (October 16, 2014). "Deadspin editor on Cory Gardner mess: 'What else can we do?'". Washington Post. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  22. ^ Sonny Bunch (October 16, 2014). "Gawker Media's Concern for the State of Political Journalism Is Cute, Ironic". Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  23. ^ Ashley Feinberg (January 23, 2017). "Send Us Proof Of Ted Cruz Playing Basketball". Deadspin. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  24. ^ Des Bieler (January 24, 2017). "Deadspin tells Ted Cruz to 'eat s—' after senator's Grayson Allen joke". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  25. ^ Malika Andrews (January 25, 2017). "Ted Cruz wins Twitter feud with hysterical Grayson Allen joke tweet". The Dagger. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  26. ^ "Ted Cruz is aware that he looks like Grayson Allen". Sports Illustrated. January 24, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  27. ^ Brett T. (July 25, 2017). "And now, in sports news, Deadspin preparing victory lap in event of Sen. John McCain's death". Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  28. ^ "Sinclair Tells Stations to Air Media-Bashing Promos — and Criticism Goes Viral". KTLA. April 2, 2018. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  29. ^ Paul Farhi (April 2, 2018). "As Sinclair's sound-alike anchors draw criticism for 'fake news' promos, Trump praises broadcaster". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286.

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