The Big Lead founder is no longer with the site.
In 2006, Jason McIntyre began the website, which was a combination of sports and media gossip and news mixed with pictures of attractive women. The Big Lead made an impact, breaking stories and turning into a brand.
By 2010, McIntyre sold the site to Fantasy Sports Venture for what was reported as a seven-figure deal. FSV would later flip it to Gannett in 2012.
McIntyre was part of all the deals, running and writing for the site.
Now, he is gone from The Big Lead.
Gannett, owner of USA Today, has sold the Big Lead to Minute Media and McIntyre is not going to be a part of the site going forward.
Minute Media has slashed the staff in half, leaving Ryan Glasspegiel, Bobby Barrack, Kyle Koster and Ryan Phillips behind as the four writers.
Minute Media president, Rich Routman, said it will be adding more, but doesn’t want to duplicate what it already does with its site, 12Up.com.
When reached, McIntyre declined comment.
McIntyre has transitioned from the internet into a TV and radio career, as he is an FS1 contributor on its various sports talk programs. He hosts his own weekly radio show on Fox Sports Radio. He has also has been a part of TVG’s Fanduel shows.
Routman said the reason that McIntyre didn’t make the transition from Gannett is because his company wants to leverage its new site with its own 12up.com.
The 12up.com editor in chief, Brian Giuffra, will assume oversight over The Big Lead, making McIntyre expendable.
“In an ideal world, you keep everybody,” Routman said.
Routman said his company is just getting started in making acquisitions. It previously acquired the site, Mental Floss and it feels it can grow The Big Lead with its own technology.
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