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Athletics Nation (popularly known as AN to its users) is a sports blog focusing on the Oakland Athletics baseball team. The blog was founded by freelance writer Tyler Bleszinski (also known as "Blez") in 2003. Currently, Athletics Nation is part of the SB Nation network of sports blogs and has one of the highest traffic volumes of any non-political blog. Image File history File links AthleticsNation. ... It has been suggested that Online diary be merged into this article or section. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) West Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968-present) Major league titles World Series titles (9) 1989 â€¢ 1974 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1972 1930 â€¢ 1929 â€¢ 1913 â€¢ 1911 1910 AL Pennants (15) 1990 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1988 â€¢ 1974 1973 â€¢ 1972 â€¢ 1931 â€¢ 1930 1929 â€¢ 1914 â€¢ 1913 â€¢ 1911 1910... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...



Frustrated by a relative lack of media coverage of the Oakland A's and encouraged by Markos Moulitsas (of Daily Kos fame), Tyler Bleszinski founded Athletics Nation in November of 2003. Bleszinski often viewed KNBR as a prime example of an anti-A's bias in the Northern California media. KNBR is a San Francisco radio station with a strong signal that could be heard up and down the West Coast. KNBR also happens to be a minority shareholder and radio flagship of the San Francisco Giants, the cross-bay rivals of the A's. In response to KNBR's perceived slant, he created Athletics Nation as an online bar "where everyone knows your name and where the swivel chair at your computer becomes a bar stool upon which we will pontificate and ruminate together." [1] Markos Kos Moulitsas Zúniga. ... Daily Kos (IPA: in an American accent) is an American political weblog aimed at Democrats and liberals/progressives. ... KNBR, The Sports Leader, are the call letters associated with 680 AM in San Francisco and KTCT 1050 AM in San Mateo, USA. Between the two stations, the entire seasons of San Francisco Giants baseball, Golden State Warriors basketball, San Jose SaberCats arena football, and San Francisco 49ers football are... Flag Seal Nickname: The City by the Bay; The City That Knows How; Golden Mountain (historic Chinese name) Location Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates , Government City-County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Geographical characteristics Area     City 600. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883-present) West Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark AT&T Park (2000-present) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1954 â€¢ 1933 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1905  NL Pennants (20) 2002 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1954 1951 â€¢ 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1933 1924 â€¢ 1923 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1917 â€¢ 1913 â€¢ 1912 â€¢ 1911...

Athletics Nation attracted a following due to Bleszinski's ability to get interviews from many people well connected to the Athletics. He has interviewed local beat writers, players and coaches on the Athletics, General Manager Billy Beane, and team owner Lew Wolff. Due to connections made from his interviews, in March of 2005 Bleszinski became the first blogger to be given press credentials to a Major League Baseball team during spring training. [2] William Lamar Billy Beane (born March 29, 1962 in Orlando, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball player and the current general manager of the Oakland Athletics. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ...

In January of 2005, Athletics Nation became the flagship of the SB Nation network of sports blogs. SB Nation was created by Bleszinski and Moulitsas as a way for each different baseball team to have a quality blog with a means to create fan community on the internet. Started mainly as a baseball effort, SB Nation now has blogs covering all thirty teams of the MLB and has a few blogs covering the NBA, NFL, College Sports and Pro Cycling. The bloggers who cover sports for the network are compensated by a revenue sharing agreement in which the blogger receives a portion of ad revenue generated by the blog. The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... This road bicycle is built using lightweight, shaped aluminium tubing and carbon fiber stays and forks. ...

In May 2005, after the Oakland A's began the season with a 17-32 record, a member of Athletics Nation who grew increasingly critical of Billy Beane's handling of the ballclub launched a parody blog, calling it "Pathetics Nation: The Sane Alternative to Athletics Nation." In contemporary usage, parody is a form of satire that imitates another work of art in order to ridicule it. ...


Athletics Nation is powered by the Scoop content management system. In addition to the blog, registered users can post diaries without moderation on the site. The diaries are virtually similar to the blog posts on the front page and can be promoted to the front page by the primary users. The diaries are considered a "blog within a blog" for the individual users. It is often noted that diaries posted on Athletics Nation can receive more comments in a day than most blogs do in a month. Because of the Scoop system, Athletics Nation combines the elements of a blog and message board with its diary system. The diaries cover diverse topics raging from statistical analysis to humor, general observations on the A's and even advertisements for offline gatherings. Scoop is a content management system originally developed by Rusty Foster. ...


  • Daily Kos Swings for the Fences Wired News, February 2005
  • Blog empire mixes sports, politics ZD Net News, Jaunary, 2006

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