Meet the Team – Michael Chandler

Who are you and what do you do at theScore?
My name is Michael Chandler and I am a Senior Editor at theScore. As Senior Editor, my role is a that of a writer of all things football who can also deputize as a quasi-leader in the absence of my supervisor.

What were you doing before working at theScore?
Before I got hired at theScore, I dabbled in freelance writing. I figured I should give one last ‘kick at the can’ and make a long-term career out of sports writing. Fortunately, I knew some people in the industry who led me to my current job.

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Describe the culture of theScore in one word.
Pleasant. I find a lot of great people work here, and considering there are so many different departments sharing a roof, everyone gets along. At staff parties, you’ll find that the developers and writers all socialize with each other. I think that’s a testament to our Human Resources team hiring good people.

What’s the best “perk” of working for theScore?
The best perk of working for theScore is I get to do something I’m passionate about. I’ve worked here for three years, and I can honestly say I’ve never had a bad day at the office. I love my job, and that makes me feel incredibly fortunate because not many people can say the same.

What is your fondest memory from working at theScore?
Covering the World Cup in Russia this summer. For me, the World Cup is the pinnacle of sports, and getting the chance to cover it was a dream come true. Me and a couple friends at theScore started a daily podcast called Sweeper Keeper where we recapped the day’s events for those unable to tune in; it was an amazing opportunity.

What qualities does a person need to work at theScore?
It would be to a person’s benefit to be a quick thinker. Regardless of what department you’re working in, the industry of mobile apps is always changing, so being able to adapt to new media and technology would be a huge an asset.

Do you follow any particular sports team?
I’ve been an Arsenal supporter since I was a wee lad, and I’ll blame my English roots for that one.

What are your favorite apps other than theScore?
StockX, Airbnb, and Instagram.

Why do you think theScore has become one of the most popular sports apps in North America?
They are innovators. Back when theScore had its television property, it spoke to every demographic: men, women, children, and adults. This was at a time where every other sports channel was catering to a narrow audience. theScore was different.

As for theScore app, I think we’ve grown such a large following because of how easy it is to use. We have a talented team of developers working for theScore who’ve put a lot of time into making our app the most streamlined sports app available.

What is one thing on your bucket list which you haven’t achieved yet?
Before I kick the bucket, I’d like to retire in the south of France. There, I’d to spend my days raising thousands of children, tending to my garden, and watching Olympique Marseille play at the Stade Velodrome.

Michael was speaking to Alexander Faiz

Photo by Alexander Faiz

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