The Ringer Staff Learns About Spotify Acquisition Talk—from a Newspaper

Spotify’s The Ringer, a sports and popular culture website and podcast network, came as a surprise to many—including Ringer employees, who learned the news just like everyone else did: through a report published by The Wall Street Journal on January 17th.

Today, The Ringer’s team members issued a public response to the possible buyout. Comprised a text-bearing image and a string follow-up tweets, the message emphasized the pressional diversity the company’s staff: “The Ringer’s staff is made up far more than podcasters: writers, editors, illustrators, fact checkers, copy editors, social media editors, and video and audio producers.”

The statement went on to say, in more words, that the unionized fice hopes to be fully recognized by Spotify if the sale goes through, and that, because upper-level management hadn’t been communicative, a formal request for a meeting was filed by the representing union (Writers Guild America, East) on behalf employees.

At the time writing, Spotify and The Ringer execs hadn’t publicly commented on the potential deal.

The Ringer was founded by Bill Simmons, a former ESPN employee, in 2015. The platform features original articles and podcasts, which predominantly cover sports and popular culture.

Ringer podcasts are downloaded about 35 million times per month.

Despite , it seems that Spotify will continue in 2020. The streaming giant boasts , all whom are interested in music and podcasts—not online articles. And so, from the perspective The Ringer’s writers, job future is a major worry, particularly because they weren’t consulted during negotiations.

Sources close to the Ringer-Spotify dialogue have emphasized that an agreement is far from set in stone.