Stumptown Footy is no longer endorsed by Vox Media – but we’re still moving forward

Welcome everyone! Site manager Sam here.

In case you weren’t online yesterday, it was a day.

8:14 a.m. on Friday ( better Time to break the big news) I got an email explaining that Vox Media – the media company that owns and operates SB Nation – will no longer support or monetize Stumptown Footy.

This is related to Vox’s larger layoffs and affects most, if not all, MLS SB Nation blog sites. The email gave “the decline in advertising” and “the economic climate” as the reasons why Vox made these “difficult and cautious decisions”.

As difficult as this decision was and despite the intense interest in making the final decision, the truth is that Vox is making the move to sever MLS affiliate SB Nation’s blogs and sever ties with an integral part of the American soccer community. And in Stumptown pieces, they make for a defining Portland football institution. One that has been a constant part of the media landscape for the past decade and more.

This is incredibly sad. Vox, through SB Nation, has built the largest and most prominent fan community in the United States, spanning all sports and fandoms. For me personally, the Stumptown Footy comment section was how I became immersed in the Portland soccer community. It cannot be denied that sites that support communities like this “will not be supported” by Vox is undoubtedly a blow to the fans and to the development of the game.

What does “no longer supported” mean? At this time, I’m not entirely sure. The same email explained that the sites may not “necessarily” be shut down, and hoped that “the many affected sites and their brands will continue to operate and thrive.” So there’s still a lot to see about what’s coming over the coming days and weeks.

What I’m sure of is that the independent contractor agreement expires at the end of February. And there’s still a lot to write about between now and then.

The Timbers play their first preseason game (no broadcasts, of course). Defending champions Thorns opened their training camp at the end of the month. There are new players to write about, new coaches to analyze, and new stories and narratives to tell.

So for now, Stumptown Footy is going to continue what we’ve always done: write about the game and teams we love and provide spaces for all of you to share that love with us.

This shared love by the way was overwhelming. The outpouring of support, appreciation and love on social media yesterday meant more to me and the team than we could ever express. While we were all running the gamut of emotions fearing that such a beloved site would go offline, the support we felt from the Portland community and the global soccer community was just the thing that kept us alive.

Thank you all for showing us up. For reading, for commenting, for tweeting, for being you, okay. The beauty of Stumptown Footy is that it’s not just about flyers or writers – it’s the whole dang-loving football community. I can’t say it enough but I’ll say it again: Thank you.

The Stumptown crew is still figuring out our next step. The contributors we have on board are so talented and so excited to pack our bags and let this end. Everyone here will land on their feet, and we’ll be sure to update everyone as soon as we figure out what’s next.

If you’re active on Twitter and there’s anything we’ve said, written, or tweeted that causes you to chuckle, smile, or nod your head in agreement, I humbly ask that you give our fine team below a follow to keep up with anything (or Important “wherever [sic]’) they then do:

We don’t say goodbye yet. We may inevitably have to. But I hope if we do, it won’t be a “goodbye” but more of a “see you soon”.

But until that happens, we here at Stumptown Footy will continue in the only direction we know: Onwards.

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