What now, ESPN?
Aside from the major markets like New York, Boston and Los Angeles, you haven't come out with region specific sites for the smaller markets. This makes sense when you whittle down to the reasoning. ESPN is a huge company that wants to turn a profit. Hiring beat writers for every market isn't a profitable idea, therefore markets like say, Tampa get left hanging on to really watered down garbage that's spun 12 times before we read it to be pro-New York or Boston.
This can get old, and if you're anything like me, you want a place to get the sports news as it relates to your team. Sure you can read the Times or the Trib, or hunt around the interwebz from the bleacher report, but wouldn't it be easier to have one place that acts as a hub for all the Tampa news?
Almost as if I knew the answer to the question, that place now exists. Enter SB Nation Tampa Bay, home to the entire Tampa market and the sports stories within it. But that's not even the best part. Unlike other places where the talent (i.e. me) get paid to put pen to paper or finger to keyboard, most of us do this for the sheer joy of having an outlet to discuss our team(s). There is no other motivation for us other than wanting to discuss our teams and the events that take place through the various stages of the year. While this may seem like a recipe for blind homerism and biased analysis, I can assure you that's not the case. Having read pieces by each of the writers on SB Nation Tampa Bay, critical thinking, informed analysis, and the ability to string together words to form these things called sentences all exist with each writer.
We hope to make this a place to catch up on the news while partnering up with the other SB Nation blogs to provide the details on each team and sport. So with all that said, welcome to SB Nation Tampa Bay, Part Two, Revised, Newer and Better than Ever.
Or just welcome back.