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Tips on basketball gamers?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by spud, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. spud

    spud Member

    Anybody have a site or any place where I can find some tips on writing basketball game recap stories? It's about that time of year and I'd like to brush up on my technique a little bit.

  2. Shifty Squid

    Shifty Squid Member

    Read, read and read some more.

    Any good newspaper site is the site you're looking for.
  3. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    The first half almost never matters,
  4. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    To echo that, use as little play-by-play as possible.
  5. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    Just to add to that, go to papers in NBA or major college markets.
  6. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    I'm with everyone else: Read.

    I have 30-plus newspapers which cover the NBA bookmarked on my internet browser.
  7. BillySixty

    BillySixty Member

    I'd disagree with you on those that think reading NBA gamers will help you with your own technique, provided you are mainly covering high schools. These guys are covering the same team (and only that team) day in and day out.

    That's not necessarily the case with high school gamers. Unless you are covering one high school every single game (and not the opponent), I'd recommend reading other prep gamers from any paper you can find, just to see how others set it all up.
  8. slowcenter

    slowcenter Member

    This may be extraordinarily obvious, but please put in the records for both teams. I see many, many prep gamers that don't have that info, and I think it is essential.

    If it's a true gamer and not just a roundup, make sure to let the reader know if it is a conference matchup or a non-conference one. Also, find out in advance what the team's records were last year and who is returning.

    These are all basics, but once you have them down, you can concentrate your story on what actually took place on the court. When you add some description of the game, runs, etc, and you already have the nuts and bolts of the story, you'll look up and realize you already have 12 inches. And isn't that what we are all hoping for? ;D
  9. blondebomber

    blondebomber Member

    Track the runs, write a little play-by-play on the turning point of the game. In general, if there's no obvious storyline, spin it forward on what the win/loss means to each team. And talk to both teams, even if one opponent isn't in your circulation area.
  10. Sxysprtswrtr

    Sxysprtswrtr Active Member

    Not to be mean (really, I'm not trying to be) ... but, couldn't you insert ANY sport into that methodology, blondebomber?
  11. blondebomber

    blondebomber Member

    Sure. Go ahead and write about runs in football, hockey, soccer, boxing and auto racing. That would be riveting stuff.
  12. slipshod

    slipshod Member

    To quote an athlete of the past, ``It was a game of spurts, and we spurted last.''
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