The Players Tribune – The voice of Game

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If you had a choice between buying a brand new car, or a second hand car, what would you do? I am pretty sure a majority of you will opt to get a brand new car. There is assurance in that. You can trust the vehicle, even the sales person while buying your new car. The point is that first hand product is always better. The same way first-hand knowledge is always better too. Imagine Sachin Tendulkar telling you about his techniques with the bat, his experiences on the field. That would be so much better than anybody else telling you how Sachin plays!! That is what this company is all about.

The Players’ Tribune is a new media platform that provides content written by professional athletes. Founded by former professional Major League Baseball player Derek Jeter, The Players’ Tribune provides daily sports conversation and publishes first-person stories directly from athletes. Content ranges from videos to podcasts to player polls and written pieces.

The Players’ Tribune was launched on October 1, 2014, by Derek Jeter. Its first contributors were senior editors Russell WilsonBlake GriffinDanica Patrick and Kevin Love. On February 13, 2015, The Players’ Tribune announced it was entering a “next phase”. Jeter stated: “We began an experiment in providing a trusted platform for athletes to tell their stories their way.” Furthermore, “We’ve started a community of athletes that is pretty special. We’ve demonstrated what athletes can do when given the chance to express themselves, and now it’s time to take it up a notch. More content, more distribution channels, more fresh ways of telling our stories our way. Podcasts, digital video, Sirius satellite radio, plus much more of the kinds of stories we’ve already been telling.”

So you get an idea about what these people do. It’s a very brilliant concept. Not only can you get more aware about a person, you can also learn about the technique he/she uses. It is also an amazing platform for the players to share their stories. Now of course not all players can be good writers, but the kind of stuff they would know no writer can make a story that good. Imagine knowing first-hand what an actual rivalry feels like. The kind of sledging, the inspiration a crowd can bring upon you.

Athletes are seen quoting on this website how these experiences are. Here are a few to share with you.

“I first learned what a rivalry was at White Hart Lane. Well, to be honest, I probably learned it first from the Arsenal fans clinging to the top of the team bus in hopes of sneaking into the grounds for the match”.

-Graeme Souness

“The one thing they never mentioned- not once- was that I would be coming off the bench”.

-Eric Gordon

So you see folks, these intricacies are something you will never read anywhere. Even the best journalists in the world cannot publish this because they don’t know this stuff. This is why this concept is so good. So I would hope, the stories keep coming, for us sports fans, love these tales.

Author – Varun Inamdar – MBA Sports Management – Symbiosis School of Sports Science (Pune)

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