Pay for sports? Sure. Pay for sports news? No way.
That has been the conventional wisdom in the media industry for years. Alex Mather says it’s wrong.
And for now, Mather looks like he’s correct: The CEO of The Athletic says his sports news service has signed up more than 600,000 paying subscribers in less than four years and is on its way to a million.
Mather’s company attracts quite a bit of attention from people in the sports media industry and the media industry in general because it may be the most ambitious subscription-only news service to launch in …