It didn’t take long for Derek Jeter to begin his next career. Less than a week after his retirement from baseball, Jeter has announced his next career – founding publisher of The Players’ Tribune. Described as a place where athletes can share their thoughts directly with fans, the website promises unparalleled access into the thoughts and lives of players.
Here’s what Jeter has to say about the site:
I do think fans deserve more than “no comments” or “I don’t knows.” Those simple answers have always stemmed from a genuine concern that any statement, any opinion or detail, might be distorted. I have a unique perspective. Many of you saw me after that final home game, when the enormity of the moment hit me. I’m not a robot. Neither are the other athletes who at times might seem unapproachable. We all have emotions. We just need to be sure our thoughts will come across the way we intend.
So I’m in the process of building a place where athletes have the tools they need to share what they really think and feel. We want to have a way to connect directly with our fans, with no filter.
It seems as though the site’s purpose is to eliminate the medium of reporters to convey player thoughts. It’s a unique approach, and one that only someone with the respect and persona of Jeter could pull off. Without the immense respect garnered from around the league, Jeter would likely fail at such a lofty concept. Should it succeed, the site would surely become something new entirely for the digital world of sports reporting.
What do you think about Jeter’s new endeavor? Are you interested in checking out the site once it becomes fully active?
Cover Photo: Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post
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