This week my focus is on sports blogs. And can you blame me? This is one of the great times of the year for American sports. March Madness is coming to a head, baseball starts its 2012 campaign in a few days, and both the NBA and the NHL are gearing up for their respective postseasons. Even the NFL draft is just around the corner. It’s a good time to be a sports fan. And luckily, there are a ton of great blogs out there reporting on just about every sport, both on the field and off of it. So with that in mind, let’s huddle up, keep our eye on the ball and enjoy this brief tour through some of the best sports blogs I’ve seen lately.
When back page sports stars make front page headlines With Leather is one of the first websites I check. But there’s more to this site than just scandals. I also go when I want to laugh, read something interesting, or see a great video. Truthfully, I’m there about once a day. If there were ever a tell-all book about a famous athlete, this would be the blog to pitch it to. Check out the full review here.
Inspiring Sports Women is a blog dedicated to the athletic achievements of females. But don’t go thinking this is a Barbie doll sports blog. Far from it. Take one look at the muy thai section (or maybe even the rugby) and you’ll soon see this is a serious sports blog. It just so happens to be dedicated to women. Not surprisingly, if I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories highlighting women in sports. Check out the full review here.
BeyondU Sports is dedicated to the world of college sports. And let’s face it, sometimes they can be a lot more exciting than the professionals. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything to do with student athletes and/or higher education as it intersects with sports. Check out the full review here.
Deadspin definitely covers a lot of what happens during the game. But they also cover a lot of what happens outside of it. This blog takes on the content that ESPN might be afraid to touch. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything that touches on the lighter side of sports. Tell-all books or breaking scandals might also work. Check out the full review here.
Mets Blog is a great example of how most sports blogs are essentially hyper local. Blogging allows for publications like this to really focus on one team. Matthew Cerrone’s blog is a great example of a well-positioned site taking advantage of a rabid, at times downtrodden, fan base. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories about baseball or home run apples. But I’d leave out stories dealing with ponzi schemes. Check out the full review here.
That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…
Author Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations. Follow him on Twitter: @ThomasHynes