Jon Heyman, one of the preeminent MLB news-breaking reporters, has reached an agreement to write for FanRag Sports Network, the Big Lead has learned. Heyman last wrote for CBS Sports, but has been a free agent since January 1st of this year, after the two sides could not reach an agreement on a new deal. (Heyman’s departure was referenced in a story on our site, along with prominent layoffs and terminations among veteran writers, as CBS Sports continued a move toward aggregation and away from original reporting).
Tommy Stokke, Director of Content for FanRag Sports Network, confirmed that Heyman has agreed to a deal that would cover all of his writing content (Heyman will continue his television work as an insider with MLB Network, as well as on radio with programs including WFAN as the MLB insider). According to Stokke, Heyman will begin writing this week, with his “Inside Baseball” notes feature to appear weekly starting this Thursday.
“We are excited to bring Jon aboard,” Stokke told the Big Lead. “It says a lot about where we are that someone like Jon, who doesn’t need to go anywhere, has decided to join us.”
FanRag Sports has been implementing its business model over the last 18 months, which Stokke describes as including “hiring quality writers.” Heyman is the most prominent name to join the website as part of that vision.
Jack Magruder of Fox Sports Arizona, Bill Williamson (former ESPN AFC West blogger who also covered both the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers during his career), former CBS Sports hockey writer Craig Morgan, and longtime baseball writers Tony DeMarco and John Perrotto are among the other writers that have joined the FanRag Sports Network in the last year.