As first reported by The Big Lead, Richard Deitsch is leaving Sports Illustrated to join The Athletic. A spokesperson for The Athletic has confirmed Deitsch’s hiring.
Deitsch joined SI in 1997. Over the past two decades he’s become one of the nation’s leading sports media reporters and columnists. His podcast has also become a must-listen for sports media enthusiasts.
This is the second move involving Deitsch recently. He was hired by Sportsnet to join Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown as a co-host on The FAN 590. The position required relocating to Toronto. With The Athletic already having a strong footprint there, Deitsch can now make significant contributions to each outlets local and national coverage.
The addition of Deitsch is a positive for The Athletic which recently received additional funding to continue their national expansion. The move reunites Deitsch with a number of former colleagues including Paul Fichtenbaum, SI’s former editor-in-chief who now serves as The Athletic’s chief content officer.