One of the most-read sections in any newspaper is the sports page. This is probably the quickest, most inexpensive, and easiest way to keep current with players, favorite teams, and new trends in the sports world. If you want to be a sport writer, it's important that you do understand the sports that you are writing about otherwise, you will not be able to capture the interest of your readers.
Also, you must know how to sound neutral even if you are rooting for a particular team that you are writing about. Here are other tips to consider when writing sports articles:
1. You must have in-depth working knowledge on the sports that you are writing about. Although you don't need to be an expert, it's a must that you know the rules of the game, its history, etc. It would be best if you are playing this particular sport instead of just reading the rules and other information from books and other online resources.
2. Read and learn. Make it a point to read the sports page of any newspaper so you can easily get a feel of the tone and writing styles that are commonly used in these types of articles. Identify the elements that can capture and hold the interest of readers and know what sports fans consider hot news.
3. Love the game. Although it is not a must, it will help in your writing career if you are really into the kind of sports that you are writing about.
4. Make time to attend live sporting event so you'll feel the excitement of the game and your enthusiasm will reflect on your articles.