August 23, 2017 Last Updated 2:13 pm

Fox reporter Ken Rosenthal joins the paid subscription sports website The Athletic

Rosenthal, 54, who has been covering Major League Baseball for Fox Sports since 2005, having begun his career at The York Daily Record

The Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal has announced that he is joining The Athletic, the venture backed subscription-based sports media brand. Though based in San Francisco, the website offers local sports websites for Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto, Cleveland, as well as the Bay Area (Montreal is listed twice, bythe way, as The Athlete offers a French language version for Quebec).

Rosenthal, 54, who has been covering Major League Baseball for Fox Sports since 2005, said he is joining The Athletic because it provides him a writing environment that “is what I would have wanted to build.”

“Yes, readers must pay to subscribe, a concept that I know many of you are not accustomed to, at least when it comes to sports writing. But beyond stellar coverage on both a local and national level, The Athletic offers something else that I crave, and I suspect many of you do, too,” Rosenthal wrote.

“A clean reading experience. No ads cluttering stories. No auto play videos popping up out of nowhere. No surveys to unlock written content or all of the other clunky things many web sites bolt on to build revenue.”

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