At the Athletic and New York Times, a Marriage With Promise and Tension

From a Washington Post story by Ben Strauss headlined “At the Athletic and New York Times, a marriage with promise and tension”:

Not long after the New York Times bought the Athletic earlier this year, the founders of the popular sports website held an all-staff call.

Most Athletic staffers were pleased with the purchase. A six-year-old start-up, the Athletic had spent a year courting a buyer, discussing a merger with Axios and fielding interest from gambling companies and private equity firms. But the Times ponied up $550 million, and now the Athletic was part of America’s most storied journalism institution.