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Year Versus Season

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Pete Incaviglia, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    I've always been of the thinking that if you're talking baseball, you can say "last year" because the entire baseball season is played during the same calendar year.

    If you talk football or hockey or basketball, I use "last season" because they all begin in one calendar year and end in another.

    Am I right?

  2. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    That's how we do it.
  3. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    I would argue that it's OK to use year for football since, a few playoff games aside, the season is played in the same calendar year. For basketball or hockey, you can probably get away with writing "a year ago," but I would mostly stick with "last season."
  4. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    You're right.
    Too many people make this mistake.
  5. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    That's how I do it, Pete.
  6. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    Makes sense to me, Pete.
  7. The Granny

    The Granny Guest

    I tend to over use "campaign." Yes, it's a personality flaw.
  8. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Beat me to it.
  9. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Pete is 100% correct.

    And campaigns are for politicians, not athletic teams.
  10. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Baseball, absolutely, year is fine.

    Football's a gray area.

    NHL, NBA, college hoops, et al. Season is always right unless whatever is being discussed happened wholly in the year.
  11. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    We use year for baseball. Season for football, NHL, college basketball.
    Just go by calendar year. If the entire season -- including playoffs -- occur within the same calendar year, then we use year.
  12. I've seen enough baseball writers who use "last year" in November or December to prefer season there as well.
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