SPORTS WRITING “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” -Heywood Hale Broun How much do you know? If you are playing in one of the four Majors, what sport are you playing? As a guppie, if you used a lift bag after blowing bubbles, what sport would you be participating in?
“Sports do not build character.
They reveal it.”
-Heywood Hale Broun
Opposing team’s coach
Opposing team’s sports editor
Pre-game story content
Time, date and place of game
Last year’s score
Team’s physical condition
Comparison of records
Styles of play
Significance of game
Analysis of individual players
Historical background of rivalry
Can include the following:
Spectator's actions during the game
Historical features on a sport or rivalry
Wrap-ups of the season
Discussion of rule changes
Untangle confusing events that occurred during a game
Update readers on scoring records and individual statistics
New team standings, awards earned because of performance in game
5 W’s and H
Appropriate on features
Paints a scene
The rusting wire fences and crumbling graffiti walls mark its entrance. The faded lines of paint on the dark asphalt draw its inner boundary. In its purest form, the game of basketball belongs to the city.
Usually run longer, immediately thrust readers into the action
When Roger Clemens toes the mound, you can’t take your eyes off him. Standing erect, he exhales deeply as his empty right hand falls politely to his side. Like a chubby-cheeked choirboy lifting an open hymnal, he raises the black Wilson mitt on his left hand to a resting place in front of his solemn face.
Contrast or Comparison
Effective in stories that establish a relationship between “close to home and far from home” and “that is how it was and this is how it is” angles
Almost three years ago, the Atlanta Hawks were looking for a center whom they hoped would make the big shots and big plays for them. So they signed Moses Malone after deciding that Bill Cartwright, whom the Knicks were offering, was no more than a second-string center who had about two years left in him. But Friday, with Malone watching from the bench, where he was for most of the night, Cartwright hit the big shot for the Bulls, that enabled them to defeat the Hawks 99-96.
Used when the background to a significant story is nearly as noteworthy as the new development itself.
They had lost an NCAA-record 34 straight games. They were 1,106 days removed from their last victory. Each loss, the players said, put another monkey on their back. Northwestern’s football team was living on the Planet of the Apes.
Giving information in short, rapid-fire bursts
Bodies ache. Adrenalin flows. Mouths thirst. Breathing is hard. Sweat is dripping. Players count the days. Fourteen to go. State University opened fall football camp today with 33 lettermen reporting.
Sometimes circumstances in sports will parallel a literary title or reference
The USC running back situation now reads like the plot from Agatha Christie’s mystery novel, “Ten Little Indians,” also titled “And Then There Were None.”