Stumptown Footy is no longer endorsed by Vox Media – but we’re still moving forward

Welcome everybody! Website supervisor Sam right here.

In case you were not on-line yesterday, it was a day.

8:14 a.m. on Friday ( higher Time to interrupt the large information) I obtained an e mail explaining that Vox Media – the media firm that owns and operates SB Nation – will not assist or monetize Stumptown Footy.

That is associated to Vox’s bigger layoffs and impacts most, if not all, MLS SB Nation weblog websites. The e-mail gave “the decline in promoting” and “the financial local weather” because the the reason why Vox made these “tough and cautious selections”.

As tough as this determination was and regardless of the extreme curiosity in making the ultimate determination, the reality is that Vox is making the transfer to sever MLS affiliate SB Nation’s blogs and sever ties with an integral a part of the American soccer group. And in Stumptown items, they make for a defining Portland soccer establishment. One which has been a relentless a part of the media panorama for the previous decade and extra.

That is extremely unhappy. Vox, by SB Nation, has constructed the biggest and most outstanding fan group in the USA, spanning all sports activities and fandoms. For me personally, the Stumptown Footy remark part was how I turned immersed within the Portland soccer group. It can’t be denied that websites that assist communities like this “won’t be supported” by Vox is undoubtedly a blow to the followers and to the event of the sport.

What does “not supported” imply? Presently, I am not completely certain. The identical e mail defined that the websites might not “essentially” be shut down, and hoped that “the numerous affected websites and their manufacturers will proceed to function and thrive.” So there’s nonetheless loads to see about what’s coming over the approaching days and weeks.

What I am certain of is that the impartial contractor settlement expires on the finish of February. And there is nonetheless loads to put in writing about between every now and then.

The Timbers play their first preseason sport (no broadcasts, after all). Defending champions Thorns opened their coaching camp on the finish of the month. There are new gamers to put in writing about, new coaches to research, and new tales and narratives to inform.

So for now, Stumptown Footy goes to proceed what we have all the time achieved: write concerning the sport and groups we love and supply areas for all of you to share that love with us.

This shared love by the way in which was overwhelming. The outpouring of assist, appreciation and love on social media yesterday meant extra to me and the workforce than we might ever specific. Whereas we had been all working the gamut of feelings fearing that such a beloved website would go offline, the assist we felt from the Portland group and the worldwide soccer group was simply the factor that saved us alive.

Thanks all for displaying us up. For studying, for commenting, for tweeting, for being you, okay. The fantastic thing about Stumptown Footy is that it is not nearly flyers or writers – it is the entire dang-loving soccer group. I am unable to say it sufficient however I am going to say it once more: Thanks.

The Stumptown crew continues to be determining our subsequent step. The contributors we have now on board are so gifted and so excited to pack our luggage and let this finish. Everybody right here will land on their toes, and we’ll you’ll want to replace everybody as quickly as we work out what’s subsequent.

In the event you’re lively on Twitter and there is something we have mentioned, written, or tweeted that causes you to chuckle, smile, or nod your head in settlement, I humbly ask that you just give our fantastic workforce under a observe to maintain up with something (or Necessary “wherever [sic]’) they then do:

We do not say goodbye but. We might inevitably must. However I hope if we do, it will not be a “goodbye” however extra of a “see you quickly”.

However till that occurs, we right here at Stumptown Footy will proceed in the one route we all know: Onwards.

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