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Sports Media Columnists?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by sprtswrtr10, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. sprtswrtr10

    sprtswrtr10 Member


    Who's still doing this as a regular gig.
    Can't be what it was 10 years ago, but give me a few names of guys or women who do it (well?). I'm the SE of a four-person staff, but I have a guy who works our desk who wants to add to the product. So I was looking for an avenue that might add something to our paper (once a week) that we don't have right now. The other thought was a Fantasy Sports column. But, anyway, let's stick to sports media. Who's still doing this as a regular gig. I want to collect some examples. Thanks.
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Just a suggestion, but I'd really look at the size of your market. Does it have a few radio and TV stations with a lot of sports coverage to comment on? Because the best sports media writers are able to get into the whys and hows of TV sports coverage.
    If your market doesn't have a couple of local sports talk shows on the radio and regular TV coverage produced locally, I don't know if it makes a lot of sense to just make observations on the national scene without being able to advance the story with original interviews.
    But every market is different. It might be something to try and get some feedback from readers on. After preps as priority 1 at the local level, I'd go recreational/youth; outdoors (might be no. 1 in some areas) and motor sports.
  3. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Think part of the reason for the decline as well has been, in addition to the crappy economy, just how homogonized a lot of broadcasting has become. Larry Stewart got downsized off the LA Times and Steve Kroner of the SF Chronicle has been covering WCC basketball and doing Giants-A'sfill-in since they dropped their media coverage. There's Bob Raissman at the NY Daily News, Barry Horn at the Dallas Morning News and David Barron blogging at the Houston Chronicle.

    And like Dan Oregon said: Look at the market. If I had the resources, I'd love to have someone on local racing, especially in the summer. I did a quick-and-dirty racing notebook over the summer, mostly based on talking to the promoters and pr folks, but having covered racing at a previous stop, it's not the same. I looked into outdoors at one point, but with the shrinking news hole and time involved, opted against it. Another area to consider: MMA/boxing.
  4. huntsie

    huntsie Active Member

    Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail does one which is very good.
  5. Andy _ Kent

    Andy _ Kent Member

    Barry Jackson still does it at The Miami Herald but works it into his weekly Sports Buzz column.
  6. Norrin Radd

    Norrin Radd New Member

    This niche has been taken over - and been made much more entertaining and interesting - by the likes of Deadspin, FireJoeMorgan, and KissingSuzyKolber.
  7. Mike Nadel

    Mike Nadel Member

    Where are you located and how much will you pay me? Ha!
  8. sprtswrtr10

    sprtswrtr10 Member

    This is all great info.
    The truth is, there's a ton of local stuff here.
    I'll probably give myself away, but I'm SE at a Big 12 Daily.
    The hometown school doesn't have its own network, but a new deal with an established network that claims, what's the word, "multiple platforms" is exploding the amount of programming on the hometown school, particularly for secondary sports (volleyball, soccer this time of year). Also, there is one sports station in town and a much bigger one 20 miles away (most of the hosts at the big one live in this town). So, there you go.

    This guy wants to write something and I'm trying to be helpful and come up with an idea that's actually good for the section and not beyond what he's in a position to do. I'm not from the school that "anything" is better than nothing. Also, he's full time on the desk, hence the once-a-week idea. He's already a consumer of sports media, so the "leg work" wouldn't necessarily amount to a huge time commitment. Anyway, I'm well aware this can be done badly, and I don't want that to happen.

    But all of these replies are helpful.
    I'll take more if there are more.
  9. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    It's about damn time a desker contributed.

    Oh, and HanSenSE, while I agree with DanOregon's points, they were not mine.
  10. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Apologies. What I get for doing the board and working on the agate page simultaneously. It's been fixed.
  11. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Yeah, but they're not covering your local stuff, which resonates more with readers. If you can swing it, do it. It's usually one of the best-read features of the section. People may not know if the local team is calling the right plays, but everybody has an opinion on announcers and talk show hosts. And remember -- it's the one thing that won't be discussed on local talk radio. WFAN doesn't take a lot of calls on what a steaming heap of bullshit Francesa is.
  12. mediaguy

    mediaguy Well-Known Member

    It's still the main thing Michael Hiestand does for USA Today, no?
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