Calling All Recently Unemployed Basketball Writers – Palestra Back is Hiring!

Producing enough content to keep all of Palestra Back’s loyal readers satisfied isn’t easy. In today’s day and age, if you aren’t churning out columns, blog posts, podcasts, and videos, you aren’t staying relevant.

And with so much talent available on the market — I mean I won’t name (Bill) any (Simmons) names (Bill Simmons) – I’d be crazy not to look to add to the PB staff.

So here’s what I’m looking for:


  • Proficient in Microsoft Word.
  • A self-starter. A real go-getter.
  • 10+ years of experience writing about sports (specifically basketball) and if you could pepper in some pop culture references, that’s a plus.
  • Must have authored a book of 600+ pages about the history of basketball. If your book is under 600 pages DO NOT APPLY TO THIS POSITION. I WONT EVEN CONSIDER YOU FOR A SECOND.
  • Television and video experience preferred, but you don’t have to be good at it. For example, were you to, during the NBA Draft, fist pump after your favorite team’s selection, I could live with that.
  • Must consistently write and talk about Game of Thrones but you CANNOT know more than 4 character’s names. I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to constantly reference this show despite not knowing anything about it.
  • Any strong candidate will have demonstrated the ability to record a podcast capable of topping the iTunes charts. If you send me an application and your podcast isn’t in the top 3 on iTunes, I won’t hire you and I’ll probably call the police.
  • Friendship with former NBA players is not required, but that would be pretty cool. Mostly when you come into the Palestra Back offices (we don’t technically have an office, but you know what I mean), I want you to talk endlessly about times you’ve spoken to NBA greats. Do this all the time. It won’t bother me or anyone else.


  • Salary is TBD. Possibly enough to support a wife and two children in Los Angeles. No guarantee on that though.
  • No 401(k) or health care. Figure that out on your own.
  • Planet Fitness membership. But only if you actually use it.
  • Free entry into next year’s Palestra Back March Madness Fantasy Shootout




Shane McNichol is the founder, editor, and writer at He has also contributed to and Follow him on Twitter @OnTheShaneTrain.

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