September 19th, 2011
Hooray! We did it … or, earned the right to do it. The Classical reached its $50,000 Kickstarter goal this weekend. I know, it kind of snuck up on us, too. If you were waiting till the last minute to pledge, we could still use the cash. More importantly, though, this means it is time for our crew to get on the ball and begin in earnest. This isn’t the end, it’s the beginning. This is a major accomplishment—we’re proud of ourselves, and you all, and suggest you feel the same—but now comes the part we’re actually good at it. Also, expect this place to return to actually writing about stuff, instead of fundraising, sometime in the near future. War is over!

Hooray! We did it … or, earned the right to do it. The Classical reached its $50,000 Kickstarter goal this weekend. I know, it kind of snuck up on us, too. If you were waiting till the last minute to pledge, we could still use the cash. More importantly, though, this means it is time for our crew to get on the ball and begin in earnest. This isn’t the end, it’s the beginning. This is a major accomplishment—we’re proud of ourselves, and you all, and suggest you feel the same—but now comes the part we’re actually good at it. 

Also, expect this place to return to actually writing about stuff, instead of fundraising, sometime in the near future. War is over!

September 16th, 2011

The Classical and You

The Classical is $8,140 away from its goal. If you’ve donated, we thank you with all our hearts. If you’ve made a principled stance not to—maybe you would prefer to “support” writers with a different model, or believe freelancers can write two things at the same time—then we appreciate your honesty. 

If you’re either waiting, or on the fence, this Tumbl is for you. We want The Classical to happen, and we hope you do, too. We’re not asking you to prop up our hobby, or rejecting those time-honored internet precepts of hard work and tireless sacrifice. We just need a hand getting started. If in a year, The Classical can’t support itself, it dies as dead as if it never existed in the first place.

The Classical isn’t just for us, it’s for all of you—the writers interested in contributing, the readers who feel there’s something missing from sports journalism that has yet to be fulfilled. This money allows us, and you, to build the kind of site we know can work without looking over our shoulder from Day 1. It’s a luxury, sure, and may run counter to all libertarian ideals. But we prefer to see it as trust. Trust in what we’ve done, and will do. Or, if you want, good old-fashioned fear. If we don’t raise this money, The Classical doesn’t happen.

It’s an old NPR refrain, but it’s that simple. The Classical won’t exist without you. And if The Classical doesn’t exist, it tells us that it all we need to know. If that’s the case, we’ll take our answer off the air.

August 30th, 2011

HUGE Thanks to NBA Off-Season!

nbaoffseason:

Today, the team here at NBA Off Season, the self proclaimed Wu-Tang Clan of basketball blogs here on Tumblr, has a request. We’d like you, our ever-loyal readers, to help us support The Classical. For those unfamiliar, The Classical intends to be more than another sports site. It will hopefully take sports writing to great new heights. A lot of people that we love, and most likely you love as well, are behind the Classical. Bethlehem Shoals of Free Darko fame, Ball Don’t Lie writer Eric Freeman, Lang Whitaker, and, Tom Scharpling, the host of “Best Show on WFMU”. That lineup, in addition to the other writers they’ve assembled so far, should have you giddy with excitement. If it didn’t, get yourself to a doctor ASAP, as you probably don’t have a pulse.

We want to help The Classical reach their Kickstarter goal and at the same time be able to help you, the loyal reader. Starting today, we’re going to donate a percentage of NBA Off Season merch sales to The Classical. So, get a cool shirt and help support a great cause. It’s a win-win situation. If you’re not interested in a shirt, please donate to this great cause on Kickstarter.

Reblogged from NBA Off-Season
August 29th, 2011

This Tumblr has yet to really weigh in on The Classical, the embryonic web-venture I’m currently engaged in with a bunch of my friends and associates. Almost miraculously, our fundraising is past the halfway point. A site that doesn’t even exist yet, that’s promised little more than a snappy logo and some good, good names, has people very excited. And that’s exciting to me. The number we’re after is big for Kickstarter, big for “a blog”, decidedly tiny for business seed money. That argument’s getting tired; it’s a matter of perspective that’s not going to be settled anytime soon, if ever. Instead, I’m starting the week staring at the basics: In 14 days, The Classical has raised over $28,000—in August, during a recession, and through a hurricane. These contributions, as much as anything we can say, make The Classical that much more real.

If we hit $50,000, it happens. That is a force for good. It’s also important, though, that this level of support starts to define, and fill out, the community we imagined for The Classical. We don’t want to be your employees, but having good folks willing to ride with us does a lot to build momentum—and turn our big ideas into something more concrete. We’re already moving in that direction, and it’s a nice counter-weight to the constant begging and pleading for cash. No complaints here; that’s what we signed up for. But seeing these numbers as a foundation, or The Classical starting to touch down and find its real form, is what’s got me jazzed today. The raw numbers will only get more urgent, and yet at the same time, what we do have is proof positive of something more than just cash thrown our way. Every dollar makes us that much more human. You guys, too, even if the act of donation may go against every bone in your body. Please give!

August 17th, 2011

The Classical will be a daily web thing. It will look classy, smell good, have multiple people on at all times, and catch any slip-ups as soon as they happen. There will be a lot of very talented people involved; some of us, because of the way the world works, just can’t afford to take on this much work for free. And you know what? It will be a lot of work. Reporting, when it happens, should be rewarded. If we started a blog—as yours truly has done at least once before—it wouldn’t be an honest-to-god, rock-solid, thrush-bearing business. This would be a lot of money for a blog, sure. But for a legit business? It’s peanuts. So, dude I’ve kept anonymous: Change your frame of reference. Our goal isn’t about ego, or a refusal to pay dues (which we have, anyway). We want to build something legitimate, forceful, loud, and stable. Accuse of us being ambitious, sure. But trying for a bigger project than any of us have ever started for scratch is different from big-timing you, the reader. 

August 15th, 2011

gq:

The Classical:
The New-Thing-We’re-Excited-About Of The Day

A new, user-funded Awl-esque website all about sports, brought to you in part by the Free Darko gang and featuring several of GQ’s favorite sportswriters. We will be kicking in coins to help make this happen. If you find the video primer as enticing as we did, please do the same. The fellas are calling it The Classical. Read more here. Follow it here.

Reblogged from The GQ Tumblr