ChicagoSide founders Jonathan Eig and Sol Lieberman are selling their two-year-old site to Nick Tranfaglia of ticket broker TiqIQ.
“We set out to create the best online sports outlet in Chicago, and we met feel like we met our goal,” they write in an email. “Would we be more proud if we’d made big money? Okay, maybe a little. But why nitpick? We had fun and we made a lot of friends.”
From: jonathan eig
Date: March 18, 2014 at 12:34:43 PM CDT
Subject: ChicagoSide makes a handoff
Dear Friends of ChicagoSide,
ChicagoSide is making a handoff. After two years of hard work and hundreds of terrific stories, Sol and I are stepping aside to let our friend Nick Tranfaglia run the site.
Nick has a degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts and he’s excited to finally see his Minutemen play in March Madness for the first time in 16 years. Having worked with top online sports brands such as ESPN, Golf Digest and SB Nation, he has the right experience for the job. His team has a great background in SEO and social media and they’re eager to build on our success at ChicagoSide./CONTINUES
We’re proud as hell of the work we’ve done—with stories that have appeared everywhere from Deadspin to the Wall Street Journal. We’re proud to have had great partnerships with TimeOut Chicago and the Sun-Times. And we’re especially proud to have presented the work of so many talented writers. We set out to create the best online sports outlet in Chicago, and we met feel like we met our goal.
Would we be more proud if we’d made big money? Okay, maybe a little. But why nitpick? We had fun and we made a lot of friends. But now Sol’s busy working with an exciting charter school company. I’ve got a new book coming out in the fall and another one I’m just gearing up to write. It’s time to let someone else get in the game.
We met Nick when his company, TiqIQ, became a ChicagoSide advertiser and content partner. He and his team of journalists want to continue ChicagoSide in much the same mold. Will the site change? Sure. As it should.
Nick will be running the editorial operation form now on. I intend to keep writing for ChicagoSide, and I hope you will, too. If you have story ideas, pitch them to nick@chicagosidesports.
See you at the ballpark.
Jon and Sol