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Elite Sports NY

Elite Sports NY is a Digital Sports Media Publication delivering News, Views, Interviews, Real-Time Coverage, and Unique Commentary on everything New York Sports and National/Trending Topics. ESNY delivers AP-style journalistically-credentialed content with full media access to most of the top New York City sports teams.

ESNY is the most-read independent New York City regional digital sports destination in the world.

The Elite Sports Regional Network is where the “Diehards Come to Play.”

Diehard, genuine sports knowledge will always be respected, especially in New York City. With too many outlets thinking entertainment and about the casual fan only, the diehards have few places to legitimately turn to. The diehards nowhere to go pertaining to platforms actually talking about the game itself or “breaking plays down” at the level of respect it deserves.

The big guys simply cannot do it from a national level. What’s worse is those satellite team blogs under the big guys’ name employ writers who wouldn’t know a Cover 1 Robber or the difference between Control and Command if it smacked them in the face. Elite Sports doesn’t come at you with fancy dressed-up blog names like “Yanks in the Yard,” either. We simply deliver you the diehard information and analysis you crave.

City-by-city, sport-by-sport, ESRN will take over the sports landscape with a regional diehard mindset, starting with New York City and Elite Sports NY.

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Further Regionalizing Sports

–Our Mission is to further “Regionalize” Sports using only Area Expertise. Unlike other Publishers who work off a National Platform, Elite Sports NY will never employ an Average Joe with no clue to be equipped with an important NYC Sports voice. Elite Sports NY Writers live and breathe the Big Apple in more ways than one.

–Each Region across the Nation provides unique viewpoints about specific topics, including National/Trending coverage. This is the very essence of “Elite Sports,” to allow a specific Region to cover Regional and National/Trending news in their own unique style.

–For instance, New York City didn’t cover Michael Jordan torturing the Knicks the same way Chicago did. It is this mindset of combining an interesting opinionated narrative with the news that is compelling on a Region by Region basis.

–The Industry Standard brings websites to the table that cover with a National mindset. Its regional/team websites oftentimes employ writers who leave the diehard fan scratching his/her head. We believe sports are a Regional endeavor that should only be covered by the diehards themselves. What’s important to New York City sports fans isn’t necessarily important to people in the South East.

–As Writers, we Take Pride in the Delivery of our Content to the Diehard Fan: a Brutally Honest, Interestingly Unique-Take on the World of Sports and Trending Topics from the Professional Fan Angle.

Recognition, Credentials, Interviews

Elite Sports NY content has been featured/included on some of the most prestigious sports platforms in the world: Bleacher Report, ESPN’s SportsCenter, Sports IllustratedFox Sports, CBS Sports, New York Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, Yahoo SportsSB Nation and more.

Full-access team credentials include some of the top New York sports teams in the area: New York JetsNew York Giants, New York KnicksNew York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, St. John’s Red Storm Men’s BasketballNew York Lizards, New York CosmosLong Island Ducks, Brooklyn Cyclones and more.

Credentials to specific events have included the Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year, 2018 Winter Classic, Big East and Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden, ACC Tournament at Barclays Center, NFL Experience in Times Square and more.

ESNY Interviews and Video Spots include some of the biggest names in the industry: J.J. Watt, Robinson Cano, Denis Potvin, Kate Bock, Chad Pennington, Jim Breuer, Billie Jean King, Patrik Elias, Anders Lee, Mike Singletary, Jose Altuve, Carlos Beltran, Jenny McCarthy, Brian Urlacher, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Jeremy Roenick, D’Angelo Russell, Greg Oden, Justin Pugh, Julian Edelman, Joel Embiid, Brandon Marshall, Camille Kostek, Marshall Faulk, Larry Johnson, Tanya Mityushina, Quincy Enunwa, Kelvin Beachum, Cris Carter, Dwayne Harris, Shane Vereen, Buster Skrine, Bubba Wallace, Matt Forte, Brandon Steiner, Bryce Salvador, Giovanni Savarese, Carlos Mendes, Kyle Busch, Ryan O’Reilly, Devon Toews, Shep Messing, Stephen Gionta, Josh Ho-Sang, Keiffer Bellows, Brian Bellows, Chris Weidman, Mike DelGuidace, Paul Rabil, Pat LaFontaine and more.


–John Madden is the man to thank for ESNY’s inception. After joining an online Madden NFL league, Robby Sabo, sales/marketing during the day, was encouraged to start writing sports (as his commish skills were noticed). After writing featured columns for Fansided.com, he quickly realized regional sports were always the key to unlocking critical, diehard sports knowledge.

–Unlike the big boys who trickle down to team sites from a national mindset, Elite Sports NY (founded in March of 2015) understands true sports talent. We can properly identify and evaluate not just talented writing, but superb sports minds. This, the collection of outstanding sports people, will always remain the heart of ESNY.

Elite Sports NY’s Readership has rapidly increased since its publishing inception in March of 2015.

Elite Sports NY, LLC., Elite Sports Radio, ESNY Video, ESNY Film Room, ESNY City Stream, Elite Sports Regional Network, and all relative properties are 100 percent owned and operated by Robby Sabo.

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Elite Roster

Robby Sabo

Founder, Jets Columnist, Jets Boss

Robby covers most topics with an all-access credentialed focus on the New York Jets. Founder of Elite Sports NY in March 2015 after realizing most national publications fail in the area of properly evaluating true diehard sports talent. Formerly a Featured Columnist for FanSided, Editor for other publications.

Former strong safety, point guard and 400-meter hustler. North Jersey. Has interviewed the likes of Rob Dyrdek, Michael Waltrip and Dominique Wilkins and has seen his work shared on major publications such as Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, Yahoo Sports, and Yardbarker. Born as a New York Sports Fan, something unexplainable in his blood that’ll never be shaken. Remembers the Kevin Maas days, the Yankees on MSG, the Bruce Coslet era, and the Spring of ’94.

Danny Small

Editor in Chief, Knicks Boss

Danny Small is one of ESNY’s more versatile individuals and leads as ESNY’s Editor in Chief.

Danny is a fan of all things Yankees, Jets, Knicks, and Islanders. He spends most of his time watching sports and scrolling through Twitter. Reach out on twitter @DWSmall8 or feel free to email [email protected] Eventually, the Jets will win a Super Bowl.

Allison Case

Managing Editor, Yankees Boss

If there’s a Yankee somewhere, Allison will be there.

Allison is just a girl with an enormous passion for the game of baseball and the written word. Based in Upstate New York, her life-long relationship with the New York Yankees is something that she developed through close relationships with her mother and grandfather. An aspiring sports writer, she graduated with a journalism degree and is finding places to share her excitement about the sporting world and how it affects us all.

Dom Renna

Lead Editor

Renna is the Rangers.

Dominick is a junior studying communication and journalism at Canisius college. He has covered the Rangers for over five years on the twitter handle @NYRZone as well as covering the Yankees for an independent website.

Geoff Magliocchetti

Senior Writer, Beat Writer

Magliocchetti is one of ESNY’s talented on-field Giants and Jets beat writers.

Marist grad, Ex-Long Snapper, Current Sportswriter/Analyst for @GiantInsider, @NYRFanClub and @EliteSportsNY. Learning to fly but I ain’t got wings!

Josh Benjamin

Senior Writer

Josh Benjamin is one of ESNY’s Yankees/MLB features writers.

Josh Benjamin is a Bronx native who lives and breathes the New York Yankees despite being born into a family full of Mets fans. He is the MLB Editor at RealSport and considers himself a student of the game. When not writing, he can be found either at Yankee Stadium or deep in discussion with his fellow sports nuts.

Matt Brooks

Senior Writer

Nobody knows more Brooklyn Nets basketball than Mr. Brooks.

An NBA fanatic who specializes in the advanced analytics of the game. I cover the Brooklyn Nets here in the city. Follow me on Twitter for semi-witty basketball tweets. @MattBrooksNBA

Bryan Pol

Senior Writer, Longform

Bryan is a master of the English language and one of the more skilled long-form writers in the industry.

I am an English teacher, music and film aficionado, husband, father of two delightful boys, writer, sports fanatic, former Long Islander, and follower of Christ. Based on my Long Island upbringing, I was groomed as a Yankees, Giants, Rangers, and Knicks fan, and picked up Duke basketball, Notre Dame Football, and Tottenham Hotspurs Football fandom along the way.

Justin Birnbaum

Senior Writer

From the Mets to the Knicks, Birny’s words speak for itself.

Former disciple of Stan Fischler. IBWAA member. Bylines at Baseball Prospectus Mets, Elite Sports New York, and my own creation: Baseknock MLB. Formerly Amazin’ Avenue of SB Nation. Proud UAlbany Alum.

Michael Nania

Senior Writer

Michael Nania is one of the world’s most skilled New York Jets writers. 

Jets/NFL at ESNY —– Writer/Tweets at Gang Green Nation (ganggreennation.com) —– Gang Green Nation Podcast Host (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gang-green-nation/id1439922418?mt=2) —– Know Your Foe Podcast Host at Turn On The Jets (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/play-like-a-jet/id1236901698?mt=2)

Jason Bisnoff

Senior Writer

Jason Bisnoff is a novelist in addition to his Garden Party role with ESNY.

Writer, Reporter. Telling stories that go untold. About triumph, tragedy and those who are truly bold, but mostly sports and hip-hop. RT≠Endorsement Views=Mine

Mike Vivalo

Video Personality

If you’re not On the Scene with Mike Vivalo, you’re just small potatoes.

Walking content machine. Host of “On The Scene with Mike Vivalo” for @EliteSportsNY. Check out my adventures.

Jason Leach

Giants Beat Writer, Giants Boss

Jason Leach, AKA “Big Jay,” is ESNY”s Giants beat writer.

Jason’s first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.

Paul Esden Jr.

Staff Writer, Radio

Paul bleeds green unlike any human in this great country of ours.

People call me Boy Green for my unwavering dedication to all things New York Jets. I work at ESPN Radio in Syracuse and I’m extremely passionate about sports. I aspire to continue my rise through the business and hopefully, I’ll end up working for the New York Jets in some capacity.

Frank Curto

Staff Writer, Rangers Boss

Curto bleeds Broadway blue unlike any other human.

Facebook/RangerProud, #ESNY Staff Writer – https://www.Elitesportsny.com

Matt Di Giacomo

Staff Writer, Islanders Boss

You can find Di Giacomo speaking on the Isles, wherever and whenever.

Diehard Islanders and Mets fan growing up in North Jersey. You can hear me in 204 at the Barclays Center. These are just my opinions, feel free to debate them. I upload rants/reviews/postgames on my YouTube channel, please subscribe! Go Isles, Mets, Jets, and NYCFC.

Ricky Keeler

Staff Writer, St. John’s Boss

Hailing from St. John’s University is Ricky Keeler, ESNY’s Johnnies Boss.

I graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in sports management. I previously wrote about the Johnnies at Rumble In the Garden.

Teddy Rydquist

Staff Writer, Mets Boss

Rydquist is a versatile journalist who specializes in the Mets.

A 2018 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Teddy Rydquist has been covering the New York Mets for Elite Sports NY since 2019. In addition to his work for Elite Sports NY, Rydquist covers NASCAR for Catchfence. He can be found on Twitter @TeddyRydquist.

James Kelly

Trending Writer

James Kelly brings his Kelly’s Corner to ESNY.

I’m a lifetime ballplayer and die-hard Yankee fan. I strongly believe that the eye-test and sabermetrics can be used together instead of against each other. But most importantly, I don’t trust people who put the milk in their cereal bowl first.

Billy McInerney

Trending Writer

Billy the kid comes at you from a multiple-sport perspective.

I’m a student at Binghamton University. I’m a huge fan of the Mets, Rangers, Giants, and Jets, and will be covering them for the site, as well as fantasy hockey, football, and baseball.

Justin Weiss

Staff Writer

Justin Weiss is one of ESNY’s most versatile individuals.

Justin Weiss is a staff editor at Elite Sports New York, where he covers the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2016, he received a Quill Award for Freelance Journalism. He has written for the Long Island Herald, FanSided and YardBarker.

Geoffrey Campbell

Staff Writer

Campbell is an ESNY Knicks features writer.

School Psychologist by day, staff writer for @ElitesportsNY, former writer for @FanSided | @DailyKnicksFS [email protected]

Chip Murphy

Staff Writer

If there’s basketball being played anywhere on God’s Green Earth, Chip Murphy will be there to cover it.

I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: [email protected] Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.

Collin Loring

Staff Writer

Collin Loring is ESNY’s Brooklyn Nets master.

Writer, reader, entertainer. Knicks, Nets, and the Carolina Panthers. Hoodie Melo is my spirit animal. Ian Begley once shot me a good morning tweet.

Onz Chery

Staff Writer

Onz is ESNY’s soccer expert.

A City College of New York alumn, Ralph ‘Onz’ Chery has written for one of the best amateur leagues in the U.S., the Cosmopolitan Soccer League, NPSL powerhouse F.C. Motown (when they were known as Clarkstown Eagles) and for the longest running free soccer magazine in the U.S., First Touch.

Ryan Honey

Staff Writer

Ryan Honey is an ESNY Giants staff writer.

Covering the New York Giants for @EliteSportsNY. University of Delaware alum

Aaron Case

Staff Writer

Aaron Case is a Yankees nut.

Freelance editor and writer, and full-time Yankees fan. Originally from Monticello, NY, but now lives in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Ray Jarvis

Podcast Host

Ray Jarvis is the host of The Gray Area Podcast.

Host of The Gray Area, and Filterer of Opinion Based Sports Facts. New Episodes Drop On @iTunes and @Blogtalkradio Every Other Thursday @10 am ET, Get Familiar!m

Ty Butler

Podcast Host

Your boy Ty Butler is one of ESNY’s radio kings.

Content provider, producer and on-air talent at ESPN Radio in Syracuse (@ESPNSyracuse). Disc Jockey for @TKClassicRock. Play by play announcer. Live and breathe sports – for better or for worse. Aspirations are that of becoming the greatest.

Matthew Castillo

Staff Writer, Radio/Video

Castillo is a Knicks writer and host of the Knicks State of Mind Podcast.

Originally from Long Island, Matt grew up as a die heart Yankees, Jets, Knicks, and Rangers fan. Matt moved to South Carolina when he was 13, but this did not stop him from watching his favorite teams. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Other than a contributor for Elite Sports NY, Matt was a former writer for Skyscrapersports and currently is a writer and co-host for The Assist Podcast. He is also a sports reporter for Greer Today.

William O'Toole


William O’Toole is ESNY’s cartoonist.

Cartoonist for ESNY.

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