MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION
Provocative Sports Columnist Given Bigger Voice Across
All FOXSports.com Platforms
NEW YORK – Already known for his big voice in the world of sports, Jason Whitlock’s is getting bigger.
FOXSports.com is expanding the lightning rod national sports columnist’s presence on the web site and its related platforms, the result of an exclusive, new, multi-year contract extension announced today by FOX Sports Interactive Media’s Senior Vice President & Editor-In-Chief Rick Jaffe.
Whitlock, whose columns regularly spark impassioned debate and discussion, now shares his unique point-of-view via every platform FOXSports.com has to offer. His singular national perspective is now available to fans through FOXSports.com columns, digital programming, podcasts, chats and mobile apps where he continues to address sports’ most controversial topics, often taking a position most columnists lack the courage to take.
“We’re very happy to not only continue our relationship with Jason, but greatly expand it,’’ Jaffe said. “He has proven over the years to be one of this country’s most influential writers and biggest voices. He’s very passionate about what he does and it comes through loud and clear in his work. He’s very talented and we look forward to working with Jason on all of our digital platforms.’’
“My relationship with FOXSports.com has been very successful so far and this is only the start,” said Whitlock. “I’m very pleased that my editors have shown the wisdom to let me be me, and very soon there will be a lot more of me to love on the web site.”
Previously, Whitlock was a weekly contributor, but he now writes two columns per week. He also contributes either a podcast or chat weekly, and plans are in the works for him to be featured in a program produced for FOXSports.com’s mid-day Lunch With Benefits programming block.
Whitlock has been a sportswriter for 20 years, most recently at the Kansas City Star. He joined the KC Star in 1994 as a general-interest sports columnist after writing for the Bloomington Herald-Times, Charlotte Observer and the Ann Arbor News. He’s also written for Playboy Magazine, Vibe Magazine and The Sporting News.
Whitlock had a six-year association with ESPN.com and ESPN television from 2000 to 2006. He wrote a weekly column for ESPN.com and on the TV side guest-hosted Pardon the Interruption, Jim Rome is Burning, The Sports Reporters and appeared on Outside the Lines.
In addition, Whitlock has worked as a radio talk-show host at Kansas City’s WHB and KCSP, broadcasting his own shows, Jason Whitlock’s Neighborhood and The Doghouse. Whitlock has also guest-hosted Jim Rome’s nationally syndicated radio show The Jungle.
In 2008, Whitlock won a National Journalism Award for commentary from The Scripps Howard Foundation, and he is the only sportswriter to ever be so honored. He’s also won numerous other awards and has appeared on programs as varied as Oprah Winfrey, The O’Reilly Factor, Anderson Cooper 360 and Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
A 1990 graduate of and former football starter at Ball State University, Whitlock splits his time between Kansas City and Los Angeles.