Daily Kos Founder Building Network of 200 Sports Blogs
Posted on February 12, 2006Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga is serious about his sports blogging network SB Nation. A Times Online article says Markos is looking for a $1 million angel invester.
"What I found is that blogs work really well in hyper-partisan environments," he tells Times Online. "There are three areas of life that are hyper-partisan: there's politics, obviously, religion, and then there's sports."The article also said that Daily Kos now employs three programmers. It also says the site earns tens of thousands of dollars each month. Daily Kos has a large and thriving community of commentors. It will be interesting to see if SB Nation can build a similar community.
So runs the sales pitch for SB Nation, Mr Zuniga's planned network of 200 sports blogs. If the business plans come to fruition - and Mr Zuniga succeeds in raising the $1 million in angel funding he requires - by 2007, it will cover every team in every major league in the US. Then, after hooking into America's hugely popular college sides on the way, it will tackle international football - "soccer, that is".
The policy wonk turned sports pundit is banking on one central principal. He argues that a sense of dislocation from the mainstream media has fuelled the explosion of left-leaning blogs - including the Daily Kos - in America during George W Bush's tenure at the White House. He says that sentiment is mirrored by the frustration of smaller-team fans when the media giants skip their results.