Jason Weitzel, proprietor of the five-year-old blog, will retain editorial control while gaining access to Comcast SportsNet’s technology, programming and reporting resources.
Beerleaguer: This is the result of a conversation that started with Comcast SportsNet back in September of 2008, but really, I've been working toward this goal since 2003 when I first started scratching my Phillies musings into a free Blogger blog, hoping someone would notice. The grassroots spirit of the space will remain the same and I will continue to treat Beerleaguer as a vehicle for creativity and community. It's unclear whether I'll be given a press credential to cover games, but frankly, I'm not all that interested in changing perspectives, something that would be altered dramatically if I moved from the couch to the clubhouse. Beerleaguer succeeds because it's written on the same point of view as its readership. I intend to continue the same morning/afternoon posting schedule. I may occasionally enlist contributions from the CSNPhilly.com staff, but Beerleaguer will still be my baby. If there is a local or national insight outside of the Comcast SportsNet umbrella that's worth highlighting, I'll bring it to you. I don't intend to start pulling any punches in regards to the Phillies, either.
Beerleaguer readers benefit because the site now has the full backing of a local sports giant eager to help with some of the technical heavy lifting. That isn't just video. Eventually, we'll engineer a complete site rebuild with better real-time commenting, social network integration, wider right and left rails and more prominent entry points to national stat resources. All that will come over time. The site will remain in the Beerleaguer domain, while site content will also be used to populate CSNPhilly.com.
None of this would have been possible without reader support. By partnering with Comcast SportsNet, it ensures that our ongoing five-year discussion will not only continue, but flourish.
About Beerleaguer: Phillies fans first bellied up to Beerleaguer in 2005 and today consider it the leading watering hole for intelligent discourse about the local nine. Site proprietor Jason Weitzel, who writes and also designs the site, was named “Best Sportswriter 2008” by Philadelphia Magazine and co-authored the book “Hard to Believe!” about the 2008 World Champion Phillies. He also edits “Phillies Annual” magazine for Maple Street Press in Boston and has appeared as a regular guest of 610-WIP. As part of the acquisition Weitzel assumes the newly created position of content manager with Comcast Sports Group.