The Ringer, a sports media company founded by Bill Simmons, has been criticized for its lack of diversity and alleged toxic working conditions.
The Ringer Union, which represents many of the company’s employees, has raised concerns about the absence of black editors and staff writers assigned to cover major sports leagues such as the NBA and NFL. The union has also called for more equal representation within the organization.
In addition, former black employees have spoken anonymously about their experiences of feeling uncomfortable and dissatisfied at The Ringer. They have described a work environment that is hostile to people of color.
Simmons has acknowledged that The Ringer has a diversity problem. He has said that the company’s early days were difficult, as it was competing against larger media organizations with more resources. However, he has also said that he is committed to making The Ringer more inclusive.
In recent months, The Ringer has taken some steps to address its diversity problem. It has hired a few black podcast hosts, including Van Lathan, Jemele Hill, and Rachel Lindsay. However, these individuals are not officially employed by The Ringer, which has led to further scrutiny of the company’s commitment to lasting change.
As the sports media industry becomes increasingly focused on diversity and inclusion, The Ringer will need to do more to address its problems. If it does not, it risks losing the trust of its employees and its audience.