ESPN moving content behind paywall, including NBA writers

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ESPN will be moving most of its written content behind the ESPN+ paywall, including that from NBA writers, the network announced in a release.

Investigative stories and other forms of straight news reporting will remain free, ESPN added.

But for the most part, the work of the following NBA writers will be moved behind the paywall — Malika Andrews, Kevin Arnovitz, Kirk Goldberry, Baxter Holmes, Zach Lowe, Jackie MacMullan, Ramona Shelburne, Andre Snellings and Brian Windhorst.

The release made no mention of moving content from top newsbreaker Adrian Wojnarowski or respected Los Angeles Lakers reporter Dave McMenamin to ESPN+ on a regular basis.

ESPN+ already included the work of NBA analyst/writer Kevin Pelton and draft experts Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz.

“Beginning Nov. 9, the stellar collection of talented ESPN+ writers will expand, with ESPN+ subscribers having exclusive access to the insider perspective, analysis and insight-driven work by some of the most recognized experts and in the industry,” ESPN said in the statement.

A subscription to ESPN+ includes both written and streaming content and costs $5.99 a month or $49.99 annually. Disney, which owns ESPN, also offers a “bundle” package of ESPN+ with Hulu and Disney Plus for $12.99 a month.

About the Author

Sam Amico
Sam Amico is the founder and senior writer of FortyEight Minutes. He has covered the NBA on a full-time basis for OutKick, Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports, and has been a regular contributor to CBS Sports, the Boston Herald and NBA.com.

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