So as some of you may have or (more likely) may not have noticed, it’s been a tiny bit quiet here at Aaron Torres Sports the last couple weeks. Part of that is by design, and part of that is because I’ve had some pretty darn big things going on behind the scenes.
And today, it’s time to tell you about those things, and share with you this: I am happy to announce that starting this week (tomorrow, actually), I will begin work at the new Fox Sports 1 television station. That’s right; your boy is all growed up, with a real job and everything!! I can’t tell you how proud my grandma is (safe to say that she was the LeBron James of cheek-pinching this weekend).
Now to give you a few details (and really, that’s all I know about the job at this point, are minor, minor details), let me start by discussing the new network. I assume that most of you know a little bit about Fox Sports 1 (mainly because it’s been the buzz of the sports blogosphere these last few months), but for those of you who don’t, below is a quick rundown of the important details.
On August 17, Fox Sports is a launching a 24-hour sports network to go head-to-head, toe-to-toe and blow for blow with ESPN, CBS, NBC and others. It’s called Fox Sports 1 (or “FS1” as the kids refer to it), and that is obviously where I’ll be spending my days in the coming weeks and months. It’s also why over the last few years you’ve probably noticed Fox gobbling up broadcasting rights to a number of different sports, and why they’ve been gobbling up a bunch of talented media personalities as well.
Simply put, Fox has been positioning itself to do this, and do this BIG for a while now.
Now, for those of you who are curious/intrigued/or worried about whether or not you’ll get Fox Sports 1 as part of your cable package, don’t be. FS1 will actually replace the Fox-owned “Speed Network” on your television dial, meaning that if you have Speed (and over 90 million of you do), in a few months it’ll just be Fox Sports 1 instead. You don’t need to throw a fit, you don’t need to call your cable provider, you don’t need to make any thinly-veiled, half-hearted threats; just go ahead and find Speed, and the rest will take care of itself. Most of you are already Fox Sports 1 subscribers, despite the fact that the network doesn’t even exist yet (and if that doesn’t officially blow your mind, I don’t know what would).
In terms of what I’ll be doing specifically, my job is as a writer for Fox Sports 1’s equivalent of Sportscenter, which will be known as “Fox Sports Live.” Admittedly I don’t know a ton about the show (and even if I did, I wouldn’t say much here for fear of upsetting my bosses), but what I can tell you is this: If you like sports, and you like having fun while consuming your sports, you’re going to LOVE Fox Sports Live. If you’ve ever believed anything I’ve ever said, just take my word on this.
And frankly, that’s a lot of the reason why I took this job. I had other writing opportunities come up in recent months, and even if I hadn’t, I was perfectly content doing what I had been. Not to mention that I never thought I’d writing for TV, or- to be blunt- that a TV network would even consider me to write for them. But that’s just how the chips fell, and when this opportunity came about, it was something I simply couldn’t pass up.
For one, it’s an opportunity to work with what’s the equivalent of a sports start-up, which is as cool as you’d expect it to be.
But what makes it even cooler is that it’s not just a sports start-up, but a sports start-up with bright, young, interesting and fun people in charge of it. You know about all of the talent that Fox will put in front of the camera, but just know that the people behind it are just as talented as well. Again, I cannot emphasize this enough: If you like sports and you like fun, you’re going to love FS1 and Fox Sports Live specifically. You just are. Drop the mic. Go home. It’s a wrap. August 17 can’t get here fast enough.
Of course with the good comes the bad, and that bad is that this website will be pretty limited going forward. I suspect that once I get geared up at Fox, I will help them with their web presence in some capacity (I know they will eventually start a website for the TV network down the road), meaning that I still will be writing somewhere online, sometime soon. It just likely won’t be here very often. I’m hoping to have time to write every now and again, but right now my commitment is 100 percent to my new job. As it should be.
With that, I’m going to save all the corny stuff about how much I’ve grown, changed, and turned into a better man because of Aaron Torres Sports and just leave it at this: I’m bummed to leave things here, but excited for new beginnings, and most of all grateful to all of you who’ve shown support to both me and this site through the years.
Please understand it wasn’t always easy maintaining this site, and giving everyone the quality content I wanted to produce and you deserved to read. But every time I considered the alternative, considered closing things down, doing something different, whatever, there was always one of you with encouraging words to help push me through it. Believe me, if I ever had shut this website down prior to right now, there’s no way I would’ve ever ended up with this job. And it’s because of that, I am thankful to each and every one of you for helping me land this gig.
But most of all let me know what you think of the new network when it does launch in a few months. This whole Fox Sports 1 thing is going to be big…really big. I can’t wait for you all to see the finished product of what we put on your TV screens in August.
Before then, stay in touch and don’t forget about your boy Aaron.
Until next time…