Homestand Sports Expands Partnership with The Athletic

– The Athletic Canadian Cross-Country Tour in partnership with Homestand Sports kicks off in Winnipeg September 22 –

Toronto (September 19, 2018) – Homestand Sports, producers of the popular Pitch Talks and Puck Talk live sports talks series, announced today an expanded strategic partnership with The Athletic – the acclaimed subscription-based sports media website featuring the industry’s top sports journalists.

With the new partnership, Homestand Sports becomes the exclusive live event provider for The Athletic in Canada. The partnership kicks off with Homestand Sports producing The Athletic’s first ever cross-country​​ event series with stops in every Canadian NHL city. The national tour kicks off September 22 in Winnipeg.

The Toronto-based Homestand Sports has become one of Canada’s fastest growing sports media companies producing live events on intelligent and interactive conversations on sports. The new agreement ensures that The Athletic contributors will continue to be prominently featured at Homestand Sports events including its popular sports talk series – Pitch Talks, Puck Talks, Footy Talks and Hoop Talks – along with special viewing parties at marquee locations.

“The Athletic has some of the best sports minds and most passionate journalists in the business – having them onstage talking, debating and sharing inside stories makes for an amazing live event experience,” says Kevin Kennedy, President of Homestand Sports. “A national tour with The Athletic crew and a full house of engaged sports fans is the perfect way to drop the puck on the NHL season….and yes there will be beer!”

“The Athletic’s growth in Canada the past year has been remarkable, and we’re happy to reward our subscribers with a fun and interactive night out,” editor-in-chief of The Athletic Canada James Mirtle said. “Homestand Sports is the perfect partner for a cross country tour like this as they excel at making live events an authentic, enjoyable experience for sports fans.”

All of The Athletic cross-country tour stops will feature engaging sports panels with the site’s slate of local reporters and columnists as well as and special guests from the local media outlets. National contributors such as James Mirtle, Pierre LeBrun, Eric Duhatschek will be attending several of the tour stops.

The Athletic events are free for subscribers and their guests. For more information on events, visit the following links:
Winnipeg – September 22 at The Pint
Calgary – September 23 at the Rec Room
Edmonton – September 24 at the Rec Room
Montreal – September 25 at 1909 Tavern
Vancouver – September 26 at The Pint
Toronto – September 27 at the Rec Room
Ottawa – September 28 at Sens House

About Homestand Sports
Homestand Sports is a media company producing live events and digital media on intelligent and interactive conversations on sports. Our mission is to build a North American platform for engaging hardcore fans in meaningful and intimate conversations on sports. Founded by Kevin Kennedy in 2014, Homestand Sports first launched with Pitch Talks and has grown to produce shows all across North America (New York City, Philadelphia, Florida, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary to name a few), and have expanded to talks on hockey (Puck Talks), basketball (Hoop Talks), and soccer (Footy Talks).

About The Athletic
The Athletic ( is a subscription-based media publisher of smarter sports coverage for die-hard fans. Founded in 2016, The Athletic’s full-time writers, alongside talented contributors and freelancers, have produced thousands of in-depth articles for subscribers free of ads, pop-ups and auto-play videos. With coverage in 35+ markets and counting across North America, readers can count on in-depth, authentic storytelling written by talented local and national sports journalists like Ken Rosenthal, Pierre LeBrun, Seth Davis, Stewart Mandel, Shams Charania and many more.