ESPNCHICAGO.COM AND THE HUFFINGTON POST CHICAGO
ENTER INTO EXCLUSIVE CONTENT SYNDICATION AGREEMENT
ESPNChicago.com and The Huffington Post Chicago (huffingtonpost.com/Chicago) today announced an exclusive content syndication agreement in which HuffPost Chicago will provide ESPNChicago.com with news headlines and blog posts, and ESPNChicago.com will be the exclusive provider of sports content to HuffPost Chicago, including breaking news, opinion and sports calendars.
“Politics, news and sports play a unique role in the identity of Chicago,” said Marc Horine, vice president of digital partnerships and sales development for ESPN. “The combination of ESPNChicago.com and the Huffington Post Chicago brings to Chicago the best news sources and most varied and passionate voices.”
“It’s a natural fit for HuffPost Chicago to team up with ESPNChicago.com as they both offer the constant news updates, smart opinion and information that Chicagoans want online,” said Ben Goldberger, Editor of the Huffington Post Chicago. “We’re excited to bring ESPN’s mix of the best sports news, analysis and information to our sports-hungry readers.”
ESPNChicago.com sports content complements HuffPost Chicago’s unique blend of news and opinion, which ranges from politics and local news to food and style. The Huffington Post Chicago will supplement ESPNChicago.com’s local content which includes ESPN Radio 1000, and Chicago news, traffic and weather from ABC-owned TV station WLS.
Launched in April as ESPN’s first city-specific sports destination, ESPNChicago.com is a collaborative effort from ESPN’s Digital Media, Television Production and Radio divisions, providing fans a destination for their Chicago sports roundup on-air, online, on-site and now on mobile devices with the launch of the ESPNChicago.com WAP site, http://espn.mobi/chicago. In its first month, ESPNChicago.com has generated more than 5 million page views and 2.3 million visits.
About The Huffington Post Chicago
The Huffington Post Chicago launched in August, 2008, as The Huffington Post’s first local version. The site offers Chicagoans aggregation of local news and a group blog covering all things Chicago. HuffPost Chicago offers updates from a wide variety of sources, including local TV sites and national newspapers, and features well-known Chicagoans and experts on the city blogging about what they’re passionate about, from restaurants to politics. Locals and former natives blogging on the site have included John Cusack, Jamie Gertz and Lynn Sweet. The site is edited by Ben Goldberger, former staff reporter with The Chicago Sun-Times.