Ben Strauss

Washington, D.C.

Sports and media reporter

Education: Ithaca College

Ben Strauss covers sports and media for The Washington Post. Previously, he wrote about sports, media and politics for Politico Magazine and the New York Times.
Latest from Ben Strauss

ESPN lays off employees, with more cuts to come

The two rounds of layoffs will primarily involve management, not on-air talent. Once those layoffs have been executed, the company will begin scrutinizing on-air contracts, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.

April 24, 2023

How cable changed sports and what happens when fans cut the cord

The local sports TV model is in upheaval, threatening the financial foundations of MLB, the NHL and the NBA.

April 19, 2023

An NBA all-star missed more than a month, and reporters had no answers

Golden State forward Andrew Wiggins's absence raises questions about athletes' rights to privacy and reporters' obligations to their audience.

April 14, 2023

Iowa’s upset of South Carolina draws record viewers as new TV deal looms

According to initial estimates, the Final Four game between the Hawkeyes and Gamecocks was watched by an average of 5.5 million viewers and peaked at 6.6 million.

April 1, 2023

Jim Nantz, calling his last Final Four, gets nostalgic. Can you believe it?

He is smooth, schmaltzy, scripted — and yet Nantz, who is calling his last March Madness, will be missed.

April 1, 2023

Clock violations and harried hot dog runs: The new, faster MLB is here

A pitch clock. New shift rules. Bigger bases. MLB is back and faster than ever.

March 30, 2023

Under Monumental, Commanders coverage fades at NBC Sports Washington

Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the conglomerate that owns the Wizards, Capitals and Mystics, acquired NBC Sports Washington last year.

March 24, 2023

Diamond Sports, owner of TV rights for 42 teams, files for bankruptcy

The move by Diamond, which broadcasts the games for nearly half of MLB, NBA and NHL teams, threatens to upend the longstanding economic model of those leagues.

March 15, 2023

Arbitrator, not MLB, should decide Nationals’ TV money, MASN argues

Major League Baseball should not be allowed to decide how much the Nationals receive in broadcast rights fees, the Orioles’ Mid-Atlantic Sports Network argued.

March 14, 2023

LIV Golf, the PGA’s Saudi-backed rival, struggles for viewers in TV debut

In LIV Golf's first head-to-head TV matchup with the PGA Tour, which hosted one of its smaller events, the long-standing tour was the viewership winner.

February 28, 2023