Category Archives: sports journalism

Midweek books: Missing Halberstam more than ever

TweetI gave myself a little birthday present last month by downloading the electronic version of “Everything They Had: Sports Writing from David Halberstam.”
Published in 2009, two years after the author’s tragic death in an automobile accident, “Everything They Had” is a collection of Halberstam’s non-book sportswriting for newspapers, magazines and online publications, including ESPN.com’s discontinued [...]

The future of independent sports websites

TweetOn Sunday NBC Sports and Yahoo! Sports announced that they have entered into a content-sharing arrangement, the latest example of old/new media collaboration in the hotly contested sports domain.
Unlike Turner Sports‘ recent acquisition of Bleacher Report, this isn’t a consolidation. Nor is it a vast reorganization, as has happened at USA Today, which also acquired [...]

The Saturday Sports Reader: New hope in old D.C.

TweetThe Major League Baseball playoffs lead off this weekend’s list of stellar sports reads from around the Web, starting with Nathan Fenno’s marvelous piece in The Washington Times about the last time Washington played host to a post-season game.
The year was 1933, still early in the Depression and late in the era of Prohibition. Fenno [...]

The high highs and low lows of American sportswriting

TweetThe glee that comes with knowing that the 2012 edition of The Best American Sports Writing is now available didn’t last long.
I downloaded it onto my iPad (this is 2012), eager to dig into Wright Thompson on cricket, Thomas Lake on Darrent Williams, S.L. Price on Aliquippa football, Jeré Longman on Leo Messi, Alex Belth [...]

A female sportswriting pioneer remembered

TweetDiane K. Shah, the first woman to write a regular sports column for a big-city daily newspaper, pulled off a rare feat that had eluded many of her male counterparts during her stint with the now-departed Los Angeles Herald-Examiner in the 1980s:
She got Steve Carlton to talk.
Sports author Michael MacCambridge (“America’s Game,” “The Franchise”) provides the [...]

The Web’s longform sports evolution continues

TweetWhen the SB Nation blog network rolled out its redesign Tuesday, it also introduced a new longform feature that’s becoming a standard part of many sports web ventures.
This comes on the heels of the launch of Sports on Earth, an online component of USA Today’s revamped sports operation that features the writing of former newspaper [...]

A sports magazine ahead of its time

TweetWhenever I read something by Alex Belth, I learn something entirely new.
A former New York film editor and SI.com contributor, Belth runs the Bronx Banter blog, which is ostensibly about the Yankees and the arts and culture scene in New York.
But for someone who has no use for the Yankees and doesn’t live in New [...]

Short and Tweet, but to what end?

TweetJust as Sports Illustrated’s latest Twitter 100 list was released at the end of last week, semi-retired Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan tells Sports Business Daily in an exit interview of sorts that:
“The Twitter world has perverted any concept of perspective.”
While it may be easy to accuse Ryan of having a “Get Off My Lawn” [...]

Best sports reads and links, Sept. 15

TweetRounding up some of the most intriguing reads I’ve come across this week, posted on Sports Biblio, my experimental Tumblr companion to this site, or that I have Tweeted and collected elsewhere:

Pigskin Progessivism — George Will’s war on football, American-style, now seems to blame the political movement popularized by (an unnamed) Teddy Roosevelt for the [...]

Best of 2011: Sportswriters for the ages

TweetThis week I’m reposting some of my favorite posts from this year, and one of the subjects I’ve been focusing on is the dizzying, ever-changing world of sports media. The trick is not to do too much navel-gazing, one of the hazards of the profession.
Sports media is the subject of amazingly constant attention, and [...]