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Hi, I'm new, this is my first post, ergo my first stupid question

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by austinsportsguy, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. austinsportsguy

    austinsportsguy New Member

    Is it Gators basketball begin new season or Gators basketball begins new season?

    Or ...

    Is it Gator basketball begins new season ...

    I'm 52. A 29-year-old asked me and I said it's Gators basketball begin new season, because teams are inherently plural.

    That said, my background was collegiate wrestling, which really isn't a team sport so much.

    Cheers and thanks,

    Last edited: Nov 17, 2015
  2. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    I'd say "Gators begin new basketball season."

    Of the remaining choices I'd say "Gator basketball begins new season" is the least awkward.
    austinsportsguy likes this.
  3. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Neither. "Gators begin new basketball season."

    I'm assuming this is a headline.
  4. JohnHammond

    JohnHammond Well-Known Member

    I'd scrap that headline and come up with something that would catch a reader's eye.
  5. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Also, not that I have any authority around here, but this would probably be a better fit for the Journalism Topics board.
    justgladtobehere likes this.
  6. austinsportsguy

    austinsportsguy New Member

    Thanks. It was a skybox. A teaser, not a hed.
  7. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    Fucking beej.
  8. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    The suggestions are good about alternatives but to answer your question: Gators basketball is singular.
    MonsterLobster likes this.
  9. ringer

    ringer Member

    While we're at it... you can delete the word new. It's implied with "begin"

    Um, unless they're beginning their old season. (?!)

    Another tip about redundancies (for future use): if you ever write about someone breaking a world record - do NOT say the athlete set a NEW world record. It's a world record. Period. There can only be one, unless the athlete just tied the world record. But even then, it's not a new mark, just a tie. Fwiw
  10. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Active Member

    Gators not Gator for SEO purposes. People will search Gators not Gator.
  11. MNgremlin

    MNgremlin Active Member

    This is something I struggle with often as well, going back and forth.

    Mustang basketball team or Mustangs basketball team?
  12. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    I have a huge pet peeve with headlines that turn a sport into an object. It's just poor writing.

    Your hed makes me think of a basketball with a Gators logo, sitting there with eyes, a nose and a mouth, living, breathing.

    And Gremlin, it's "Mustangs basketball team," assuming there's more than one Mustang. Otherwise, it's not a team -- it's an individual.
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