What is Out of Bounds with Andy Wittry?
In the summer of 2020, when the status of sports was uncertain amid the COVID-19 pandemic, I launched Out of Bounds – a free, weekly newsletter that was designed to dig into off-the-field topics that affect college athletics, such as economics, media, education, COVID-19 and race. For 15 months, I published at least one newsletter every week – every Friday morning at 5 a.m. ET, and often other times throughout the week – and I built my subscriber base from zero to a total that was on pace to reach 1,000 subscribers by the end of 2021.
Out of Bounds readers included multiple Division I conference commissioners, ESPN on-air talent and countless coaches, administrators and fans of college athletics.
Andy Wittry @AndyWittryFor tomorrow's newsletter: What percent of current DI men's basketball head coaches who played college basketball (at any level) transferred in their careers? If you use the phrase "transfer epidemic" unironically, you're ineligible to answer. Sorry, those are the rules.
In September 2021, my writing and subscriber list were acquired by Extra Points, which is an industry-leading publication that was also part of my inspiration for launching Out of Bounds. You can use the promo code “ANDY” to get a 25-percent discount if you’d like to sign up for the full Extra Points experience. Free subscribers receive two newsletters per week, while paid subscribers receive four, plus access to the Extra Points Discord channel.
A quick introduction
My work has been published by national outlets and major metropolitan newspapers such as AthleticDirectorU, the IndyStar, Louisville Courier-Journal, NCAA.com, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and Stadium. I was honored to be named one of Sportico’s top 50 sports business Twitter follows for 2021.
In the year prior to launching Out of Bounds, I wrote about the financial ramifications the COVID-19 pandemic could have on the Pac-12, how Wisconsin has maximized its ROI on its limited recruiting spending, the Pac-12 admitting that other conferences have “more resources and parties interested in paying student-athletes,” and a grocery store conglomerate’s financial commitment to try to turn Western Kentucky into a top-25 men’s basketball program. The Ringer’s Ryen Russillo used data from one of my stories in his open on an episode of The Ryen Russillo podcast, which was one of the top five sports podcast episodes on iTunes the next day.
These were the types of stories that I brought to readers’ inboxes every week.
How can I get in contact?
You can reach me at andrew [dot] wittry [at] gmail [dot] com or follow me on Twitter.