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An update on what’s next at Athletics Nation

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Hello, I’m Joel Thorman, Editorial Director of Team Brands for SB Nation. Last week, we posted an article about a big change coming to Athletics Nation and other California communities.

I want to start by thanking all the contributors at AN – we are grateful for their work and their voices have contributed to making AN a thriving fan community. The SB Nation fan communities are a special place because of the contributions from folks like them and from all of you: brilliant fan posts, insightful comments, and a community that comes together online and in real life.

Over the next three months, we’ll be moving to a new model on AN that will bring in full-time and part-time employees to write, manage communities, and post on social media. You’ll start seeing new bylines and you will be hearing more from these folks – their background, why they are avid fans, and what makes them excited to be part of the AN community – over the next few weeks as they are hired. We’ve posted those roles here, and we hope some of the people who write for AN will apply for those positions.

I know this is a big change and we are all dedicated to making sure we continue to build a community that you value. If you have any other questions, please let us know. We’re listening and will work to make sure we support the community in this transition – and into the next phase.

Thank you,

Joel