Media Rumors

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A Yahoo spokesperson said the company anticipates “strong synergies between Verizon and Yahoo.” For example, Verizon’s streaming video services could feature video and audio from Adrian Wojnarowski, the sportswriter whose basketball-oriented part of Yahoo Sports, The Vertical with Woj, has been a breakout hit. Verizon has extensive deals for NBA basketball programming. But talk of synergy often precedes layoffs as well. A senior staffer described the concern this way: “There’s a lot of duplication” between Yahoo and AOL, which already has The Huffington Post and other media properties. “They don’t need repetitive sites.”
ESPN has re-signed superstar basketball reporter Zach Lowe to a multi-year contract, according to multiple industry sources. Lowe joined Grantland from Sports Illustrated in October 2012 and spent three years there before transitioning to ESPN.com, after ESPN pulled the plug on Grantland. His contract was up this fall. ESPN wasn’t the only suitor for Lowe, who Slate’s Josh Levin called “America’s best sports writer” earlier this year. Since at least the NBA Finals, the big rumor within basketball media circles was that Lowe would follow former Grantland coworker Jonathan Abrams to Bleacher Report—one source confirmed Bleacher Report’s offer as “aggressive.”