In what was a shocking move by Philly Mag on January 12th, removing ‘Birds 24/7’ with no adequate reason given, the latest rumor I came across last night was that Philly Mag will be doing away with all sports coverage. The latest to fall, from what I understand, will be Sixers beat writer, Derek Bodner, at the end of this month. It’s a crushing blow for all of us that enjoy his writing. The reasoning, from what I can gather, is that Philly Mag is having trouble monetizing their sports coverage. To me, that sounds more like a marketing problem that can easily be fixed, and not removing some of the better writers from the community they’ve created.
I reached out to Bodner for comment and he gave me the following statement: “I am currently an employee of Philadelphia Magazine, and do not wish to comment beyond that at this time.”
I also reached out to Philly Mag and have yet to receive any comment on the removal of ‘Birds 24/7’ or the future of their sports coverage.
There was another mention from a former Philly Mag employee to me that said, “There was some buzz that Philly Mag might be for sale, but not sure how solid that is.”
As more news and info breaks, Philly Influencer will continue to keep you updated.