Derek Jeter Launches Website to Connect Athletes to Fans

Derek Jeter Launches Website to Connect Athletes to Fans

Former Yankees great says the Players' Tribune will transform how sports news is made.

Published October 1, 2014

Derek Jeter thanked fans throughout his storybook farewell to Major League Baseball in his his final season, which ended Sunday. Now, the Hall of Fame bound shortstop has come up with a way to give back to his fans.

Always careful and guarded over what he told reporters throughout his 20-year MLB career with the New York Yankees, Jeter has figured out a way to join the media via a new website aimed at giving athletes the platform to deliver "unfiltered" views to their fans.

In a statement on the Players' Tribune, Jeter announced Wednesday that the website will "transform how athletes and news makers share information, and bring fans closer than ever to the games they love." Giving access to top athletes across a variety of sports, fans will be able to view videos, photos, and podcasts straight from them, eliminating reporters as the middlemen.

Jeter also took the time to admit that he was brief and guarded with reporters for a reason during his legendary career, having won five World Series titles and named to 14 All-Star games.

"Those simple answers have always stemmed from a genuine concern that any statement, or opinion or detail, might be distorted," Jeter wrote in his letter on the site.

Currently there isn't a timetable on when Jeter's no-filter, athlete-fan-connection website, the Players' Tribune, will be fully launched and ready for use, although the former Yankees captain vows that he's currently assembling his team of athletes, editors and producers to make the platform a success.

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