Sports Journalism

As the name suggests, Sports Journalism reports on sports topics and events and it is an essential element of any news media organization. Today a career in sports is at its boom and which also brings wonderful career opportunities for sports journalists as well. Television, radio, magazines, internet have become an integral part of people's life. Many of them are ardent fans of different sports; They switch to TV, websites, newspaper for getting latest updates and news in their sports. Thus, the scope of sports journalism is increasing gradually. Sports Journalism prepares students to sports reporting career and also introduces them with the writing of a sports writer and media professionals use.

But still a lot to done in this field, it is disappointing to say that there are not enough good sports magazines in Indian languages. A couple of English magazines are available in the market which cater with the need of limited fans but many sports loving people who are not comfortable in English do not enjoy this privilege.

Today it is a rewarding vocation which requires talented and skilled media professionals. To be a journalist you need to know inside out of your subject and have a passion to make a mark in this election.

It also claims lots of hard work and onus. However, rewards are lucrative, a journalist gets box seats at the games, meets internationals sports star, gets lots of exposure while traveling from one country to another, getting to know the people who train Olympics athletes and fame appreciations from the readers and fans.

Today, internet has become an important part of sports journalism. Almost all journalists have to start from ground zero. So if you are an aspiring Journalist, you can start with your own blogs on your favorite team or particular sport. This helps you to build up your portfolio of self-published clips and if any sports organization finds your blog interesting then you could also get a chance to work with them.

Today Sports Journalism has turned into long form writing, it also produces popular books on sports which include biographies, history and investigations. Many western countries have their own national association of sports journalists. In India there has been recent growth in Sports Journalism. The sports column in various leading newspapers is widely popular among readers. Indians today not just appreciate cricket but they have also understood the importance of other sports also like football, hockey, wrestling, boxing etc.

You could go for a degree in sports journalism which could enhance your writing and reporting skills and also trains you efficiently in the areas sports. You would learn to write technical details about a sport in a simple manner. One could also opt for journalism and match reporting course which deals with going to sport games, sporting events, and venues, meeting with players then reporting all this to sports crazy audience.

The career opportunities in sports journalism are – match reporter, freelance sports journalist and sports writer. You would …

Interesting Facts About Asia’s Sports

Did you know…

Soccer is the national sport of Myanmar (formerly Burma). Khin Maung Lwin (Secretary General of the Myanmar Olympic Committee) said, “As in most of the countries all over the world, football is the most popular sport in Myanmar. When our national football team became champions at the 5th Asian Games Bangkok 1966 and the 6th Asian Games Bangkok 1970, football became even more popular among our people.Apart from that, athletics, sepaktakraw and wushu are also popular in our country.”

Japan won five gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games: one from athletics and four from judo.

Susanthika Jayasinghe became the second athlete in Sri Lanka -formerly Ceylon- to win a medal in the Olympic Games when she won the silver medal in the 200m at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia. Sprinting great Susanthika won 100m and 200m gold at the 2007 Asian Championships in Amman (Jordan). At the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in 2007, she won the bronze medal in the 200m. Susanthika was born on December 17, 1975 in Atnawala, Sri Lanka.

Bangkok (Thailand) has hosted four Asian Games (1966, 1970, 1978, 1998).

Pakistan sent 32 sportspersons to the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich (West Germany). Pakistani athletes competed in six sports (athletics, boxing, wrestling, weightlifting, field hockey, sailing).

Sawao Kato was one of the best gymnasts in the 20th century. In the 1960s and 1970s, Kato won several international medals in Europe, Asia and Mexico. At the 1968 Olympic Games, he won three gold medals in the individual all-around, floor exercise and team competition.

Kabbadi is practiced by millions of people in Bangladesh and India. Unfortunately, it is not an Olympic sport.

Brunei Darussalam -one of the world’s richest countries- won two bronze medals at the Hiroshima Games in 1994.

Voleyball ( men & women ) was first featured at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo ( Japan ). The host country won the women’s volleyball competition. The winners were: Yuriko Handa, Kinuko Tanida, Emiko Miyamoto, Ayano Shibuki, Massako Kondo, Yoko Fujimoto, Setsuko Sassaki, Yoko Shinozaki, Katsumi Matsumura, Sata Issobe, Yoshiko Matsumura, Masae Kasai.

The Kingdom of Bhutan -it is about 2 times the size of Massachusetts- has never won a medal in any sport at the Asian Games.

Jordan sent 7 athletes to the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. This Arab country participated in four sports: athletics (2), shooting (1), table tennis (1) and taekwondo (3).

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) hosted the 1975 Field Hockey Men’s World Championship. Final standings: 1.India, 2.Pakistan, 3.West Germany, 4.Malaysia, 5.Australia, 6.England, 7.New Zealand, 8.Spain, 9.Holland, 10.Poland, 11.Argentina, 12.Ghana.

The United Arab Emirates won 22 medals at the 2005 West Asian Games in Doha (Qatar).

Japan is the birthplace of judo. The first judo world championships took place in Tokyo (1956). Judo made its debut as an official sport during the 1964 Summer Olympics in Japan.

The most popular sports in Oman -Arab country- are soccer, volleyball, athletics and handball.

The 1962 Asian Games were held …

Sports Memorabilia – Collectors Love Sports Display Cases

As the popularity of collecting sports items continues to grow, the collectors of sports memorabilia are finding creative and innovative ways to display their collections.

While some collectors are satisfied to simply prop their item up in a corner for easy access, savvy collectors know that if the item is really worth collecting, it's worth protecting, not to mention displaying with pride.

Sellers of sports memorabilia have come to realize the importance of display options to both the casual and serious collector, and so today many of the most successful retail outlets offer an impressive collection of sports display cases.

Whether it's a simple Plexiglas case for that prized autographed football or your own hole-in-one golf ball, or an impressive shadow box sports display case sized just right for holding your favorite team jersey, finding the right display case is almost as important as The item you've collected itself.

Sports display cases make great gifts any time of year for those hard-to-buy-for sports nuts and collectors. Even those sports fans who are not avid memorabilia collectors enjoy displaying their personal items in a special case designed just for that purpose.

Here Schwahn, who company Home-Team-Sports sells both memorabilia and the cases to keep them, says that well-made sports display cases are popular items for his online retail store.

"An attractive display case can turn even a simple item like your first home run ball or your favorite junior high school uniform into decorative art. Our customers who invest in expensive collectibles, such as autographed footballs, basketballs, or hockey sticks want to preserve the Integrity of the item and secure it with the protection of an attractive and functional sports display case, "Schwahn says.

Sports Collectors Daily, which covers all sorts of sports memorabilia and collecting news, says that display cases are nothing new, but the quality and variety has burgeoned in recent years.

Whether sports fans collect die cast Nascar replicas or NFL football helmets, chances are there are a quality sports display case built just for the item. The National Football League and Major League Baseball have both licensed lines of sports display cases that are available with engraved team logos.

Licensed MLB items include cases for baseballs, gloves, full size and mini batting helmets, baseball bats, baseball shoes, baseball caps and hats, bases and home plates, tickets, sports cards and more.

"It's important to protect your investment, and the best way to do that is to enclose it in a particular made case," Schwann says.

Sports display cases add to the value of collectibles and many feature your choice of materials, including different types of wood trim, as well as glass, plexiglass, and even personalized engraving. Most come ready to mount to the wall or to display on a shelf, and when properly displayed you never need to worry that your young nephew will run off with your Joe Montana football or head to the links with your Arnold Palmer ball.

From the simple to the sublime, one …

Real Leatherheads

Leatherheads, what exactly is a leatherhead?

Is it a movie starring George Clooney? Well, yes, that is one definition. The leatherheads I am talking about are actual players who wore the helmets we now refer to as ‘leatherheads’. We may very well thank the very popular movie for coining the phrase ‘leatherheads’ as I was unable to find historical references to the general public referring to early football players as ‘leatherheads’. However, there is some indication that the helmets themselves were referred to as leatherheads.

Leatherheads-The Early Years

The very first leather football helmet was worn in an 1893 Army-Navy game. An Annapolis shoe maker developed it for Admiral Joseph Mason Reeves who had been advised by a Navy doctor that he would risk death,insanity or paralysis should he take another blow to his head during a game. Later helmets improved design with padding, ear flaps and eventually face guards.

Padding but No Helmets

Players often devised their own method of padding the body and crude shoulder and hip pads were worn throughout the early years of football particularly in the early 1900’s. Helmets were a rarity to see on players and often some player wore them while others did not. In the 1920’s leather helmets became more accepted but were still not mandatory.

Logo’s

Early helmets had no identifying marks upon them whatsoever. As with all games, fierce competition and team pride resulted in some colleges and high schools to paint their helmets by hand. Certain colors or team mascots were eventually painted on to easily distinguish team players. Imagine being a quarterback attempting to find the receiver far down field with no identifying marks on the receiver! Imagine that being a mud game! how difficult that must have been especially if the receiver was well covered! Modern day players can thank the Rams for starting the painting of team logo’s on helmets. In 1948 the Rams horns were painted on team helmets and soon after all football helmets bore a teams logo or colors.

True Grit

While we cannot imagine playing a game of football without protective gear the era of ‘leatherheads’ shows the true grit those early players had. They took a beating week after week and often went to their regular jobs during the week. Their sheer determination and love of the game has given us the football we know today and thankfully our players are much more protected.

Leather Helmets Today

If you can find a leather helmet from that golden era you would be lucky! To find one that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg would be an even bigger accomplishment. Finding images of ‘leatherheads’ can be difficult as well. International sports artist Andy Goralski has just finished a fine art piece titled “From Leather to Legendary’ that portrays the Acme Packers team with the infamous leatherhead helmets. In the back round is the legendary Lambeau Field in Green Bay showing off its newly renovated look. This fine art piece is available …

Fantasy Football Playoff Challenge Forecast

The NFL's regular season is over, but the fantasy football season continues. Hopefully your fantasy football team was successful this season, but if not, one more chance for redemption awaits you. And even if you tasted success, and won your league, the playoffs allow you one more opportunity for fantasy football glory. And to help you achieve that exaltation, here are our player rankings.

Player 1
1) Peyton Manning: Since playing less than a full game in each of his final two contests, Manning was second in the NFL in completions, completion percentage, passing yards and passing touchdowns (tied with Brett Favre). All that and his team was working on an undefeated season before essentially forfeiting their final two games.

2) Drew Brees: Brees set the NFL record for single-season completion percentage and led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes despite sitting out Week 17. If you believe the Saints' late-season struggles were just a blip on the radar, Brees is An excellent option.

3) Philip Rivers: Rivers never sees to get mentioned when the top quarterbacks in the league are mentioned, but fantasy football enthusiasts know plenty about him. His 104.4 quarterback rating for the season was third in the league, and he was in the top-10 in both passing yards and touchdown throws.

4) Tony Romo: Romo had a great season, coming in third in the NFL in passing yards, and he happens to be playing his best football right now. Dallas is the No. 3 seed in the NFC, and many pundits like them to make a run at the Super Bowl.

5) Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers was fourth in passing yards, passing scores and quarterback rating for this season, so there's no doubt he is one of the best in the game. Green Bay is the fifth seed as well, which means it's illegally they're playing any home games. He's the ultimate boom-or-bust candidate in this group.

6) Brett Favre: Favre had a remarkable year in every way, and he ended the regular season with a flourish. You have to wonder, however, if the Vikings will gear up the running game more in the playoffs than they did towards the end of the regular season.

Player 2
1) Kurt Warner: We all saw what Warner could do last season if he got hot in the playoffs, and since the cards getting waxed by the Packers last week, it did not seem like they got their full effort, did it?

2) Donovan McNabb: McNabb was worse than his pedestrian numbers (20-of-36, no touchdowns, no interceptions) indicated last week against the Cowboys, as he missed a number of open receivers. That and the fact that Philly is the No. 1. 6 seed in the NFC will lead some to be pessimistic about him for a postseason fantasy football run, but remember that Philly had won six in a row, and McNabb has led his team on a number of deep playoff runs.

3) Tom Brady: While we certainly believe …

Your Guide to Choosing College Football Helmets

So you wanted to join your college football team? Well, more than just thinking of the qualifying games, there's another consideration which you just have to think of. You also need a college football helmet to get you through the game. Skills in terms of playing the football game are of course, essential. But come on now, you would not audition for the qualifiers in the first place if you do not know any better when it comes to how great you can actually play the game. Point is, skills are important. But you will never get far with skills alone.

Football is one of the most dangerous sports to play. With all of the literal and figuratively hard-hitting action that happens on field, nobody can predict which way the ball will roll. This is deliberately why football players get donned with so many gears that they can hardly be recognized beneath it. And you better trust that all of these gears are worn with major good reasons, especially college football helmets. Your head is the most important thing in the game and should be protected the best you can. So to be able to do so, it all starts with choosing which of the college football helmets will really fit you in all aspects.

The first thing you need to consider when choosing among the numerous college football helmets is the brand. Most helmets are considered safe and worth every penny because of the brand which launched them. You need to remember that college football helmets are made by specific companies only. Even if you happen to find other football helmets made by a company which is known for producing motorcycle helmets, that's not enough reason to buy the brand's football helmet. You will do better to choose among the college football helmets of known brands specifically in the sport itself. This will ensure that the helmet is designed for the conditions of the sport. As good as a motorcycle helmet is in terms of safety, no football player can possibly move around with ease while donning on one.

And since you're off to choosing the right brand among college football helmets, you should also check out the features each of these helmets have. Note that these companies do not just stop with producing their line of college football helmets. They continuously conduct researches to make sure that their products are kept up to par and that new scientific findings will be able to back up their actual product. Studies are being done in every sport to help players better themselves at it and as this is so, football helmet brands will certainly pick up on such results and make improvements and new developments here and there.

Lastly, try on the helmet before you wear it. While it's great that you probably get a football helmet as a gift, it's actually more recommended that you buy it yourself instead. College football helmets are made in precision according to different …

How To Put on a Successful Youth Football Camp

Football Camps For Youth Football Players

We do a one day camp in June or July. We have done week long and three day camps but now just do one day camps. Our goals for these pre-season camps are just to get a peek at what we have talent wise, get the kids to understand how they are to interact with the coaching staff and to have fun. We have an entire month to prepare for our first game, we can get any conditioning we need during regular football practice.

Conditioning this far out from the first practice and for such a short duration is counterproductive to what we are trying to accomplish during the camp. We feel very strongly that with the very narrowly defined football practice priorities we adhere to, we can get our evaluations, base skills and schemes put in during the one month of football practices prior to that first game. We found much of what the kids learned in these football camps was forgotten once we started in August and often the kids were playing different positions, once the teams were optimized. We don’t put in any of our football plays or playbook in during these camps.

We found anything longer than 2 hours in one day was counterproductive, even for the older kids. We rarely got much out of the kids once we hit that 2 hour brick wall,especially if it was hot. We don’t go over 1 ½ hours for the kids under age 8.

We always bring in at least one NFL player in to do a little talk at the end of the Football Camp. We have also called the Nebraska Cornhuskers and got players to attend from their FCA group, most University teams are happy to accommodate you, all you have to do is ask. The NFL guys can often get NFL money to pay for caps, t-shirts and food, every time we invited a local NFL guy they did this for us. All they ask you to do is to organize the camp, get the kids there and do a press release to get the media there.

Our format has changed quite a bit, but this is the one we use now:

Group Dynamic Warm Ups

Group Stance and Starts/Cadence

Mini Group Fun Competitions/Evaluations: This is where we do all of our fun team evaluation

games/drills detailed starting on page 69 of the book. This gets the kids pumped up and enthused about being at your camp and playing for your team and tells us what we have and where most of the kids will play.

Skill Development Stations (No conditioning or frappy agility drills)

Team Hawaiian Rules Football- On page 80 of the book.

When finished with the clinic the kids understand how they are required to interact with the coaches. As coaches we have a real good idea of the athleticism of our team in general and where 80-90% of our starters will be playing. The kids …

Internet Business Profile – DOBA

One of the basic formulas for making money on the internet is drop shipping. This means you are advertising items for sale on your site, newsletter, ezine, etc that are actually located at another company with which you have a relationship. When someone buys one of the items from you, an order is placed to your drop shipper, which mails the item directly to the purchaser. You keep the difference between the price you charge your customer and the price the drop shipper charges for the item as your profit.

This seems simple enough, and it pretty much is. The catch is finding drop shipping companies out there. Also, you'll need to create a website that can feature items you want to sell, get the website hosted, advertise and promote your site on the search engines, and hope your efforts build enough traffic to your site to start generating sales.

As you may have guessed, the above tasks can be difficult. Just finding decent and reputable drop shipping companies on the internet can be hard. It is almost if they do not want to be found – sometimes this is their way of keeping away the inexperienced, or those who are not able to generate enough sales for them. Fortunately, several entrepreneurial companies have created tools that help you streamline this whole process.

The following is a brief description of DOBA, one of the dropshipping companies I have tried. I advise you to do your own research and due diligence before you act on this or any other business opportunity.

I found DOBA via an ad in an entrepreneur magazine. Their ad promoted a free 14 day trial of their drop shipping service. They seem to have a very large catalog of items available for drop shipping. Each item in DOBA's database is listed with the base price that you need to pay to purchase the item, as well as the recommended mark up price that you will want to charge your potential buyers. You have freedom to adjust the price you charge other people for the items you're selling from DOBA. Keep in mind that changing your asking price will affect your profit, as the price you need to pay DOBA does not change. DOBA's interface allows you to link your Paypal account so you can easily purchase items from DOBA to be shipped without using your credit card.

DOBA also has a nice and easy interface to eBay. If you have an active eBay account, you can fairly quickly select a product in DOBA you wish to sell and create an auction for that item. I was able to sell a mini NFL football helmet from DBA via eBay. Once the auction ended and my winning bidder paid me via Paypal, I went to DOBA and placed an order for the helmet to be shipped to the winning bidder's mailing address. DOBA even wave me a tracking number on the shipment so I and the winning bidder could …

What Happened In The UK In 1994?

Here are the biggest news, sport and entertainment stories of 1994…

English and Welsh people welcomed a change in the law meant that meant they could go shopping on Sundays. Since 1950 they had not been able to do so due to a law prohibiting shops opening at all on the traditionally holy day. Church groups opposed the move but both the people and the Government agreed that it was an outdated concept.

Britain’s first ever national lottery was launched to mixed reactions; some feeling that it was wrong to promote gambling and others simply loving the chance to win some easy money. The fact that a sizeable amount of money each week would be going to charities was enough to sweeten enough of the doubters though and, having got the go-ahead, the first draw was a massive success; the jackpot reaching over £7m.

Someone who won a personal lottery was the man to be given a ‘bionic’ heart. The media taking a keen interest in the pioneering operation, led by UK doctors in Cambridgeshire, which saw the world’s first battery-operated heart being implanted.

In the political world, people finally dared to hope for peace in Northern Ireland following ceasefire announcements by both the IRA and the Loyalists; the Conservatives negotiating at last seeming to have paid off. Despite that, it wasn’t a great year for John Major and company, though maybe they didn’t realize it at the time, as the little known, fresh-faced Tony Blair was brought in as the new leader of the opposing Labour Party; bringing with him talk of ‘change’ and a modernising agenda.

Sports wise in 1994, Britain missed out on the World Cup fun in the USA; the first time since 1938 that no British representatives had been at the event. Brazil won that competition, eventually overcoming Italy in the final on penalties, but much attention was still focused on Argentina’s Diego Maradona who had been banned mid-tournament after being caught taking illegal, performance-enhancing drugs. With no home-countries football matches having any importance, it was an ideal opportunity for rugby union’s 5 nations to take centre stage. Wales dominated the tournament but were prevented from sealing a ‘grandslam’ by defeat to England in their final game.

Britain’s TV screens were lit up in ’94 by two familiar faces in new guises on BBC 2. Steve Coogan’s creation of the socially-inappropriate Alan Partridge being a big hit, viewers cringing as Partridge humiliated and vilified his guests on the fictional chat show program ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. The second BBC triumph being ‘The Fast Show’; created by Harry Enfield regular Paul Whitehouse, the program revitalised the tired sketch show format and launched a variety of catchphrases.

On the big screen, this was the year that saw Hugh Grant become a household name as a result of his starring role in ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’; the same film also responsible for promoting the much loved / hated ‘Wet Wet Wet’ song ‘Love Is All Around’. The …

Should College Athletes Be Paid?

College sports bring in big dollars every year on the major college level. These programs bring $30 and sometimes $40 million dollars per year to the universities and colleges and the players get nothing. These are the same players who are breaking their backs for the university day in and day out and can’t get a share of that money and, to me, that does not seem fair. I know what you may be thinking: that these student athletes are getting a free education or have gotten a scholarship to play ball at that university. To me, that’s the least they could be doing.

When I look at college football on Saturdays and see packed stadiums with cheering fans paying big money for a ticket I say, what business out there could run a company and not pay its workers? You would think I was talking about some Third World country! Pay the players now, please!

Think about this one: most of the college coaches get six figure salaries– big college programs and small ones. Some of these college coaches get shoe contracts, some get T.V. and radio contracts and many other perks along the way. Also, if they are a good coach and win games they will be offered another coaching job somewhere else with bigger money and larger perks! The student athletes get nothing and, to me, something should be done about that. Please pay the players now!

They will keep telling you that the athletes are getting the free education, free books, free room and board and the chance at a good college education that will last a lifetime. So what! Pay the players! I see this whole college thing as slave-labor! Coaches make big money on the backs of these players. You hear stories about college athletes taking money or getting paid under the table. You hear these stories of players getting cars and lots of cash, you hear stories of players getting all of this and more on the side. You hear about the player’s families getting cars and houses to attend that college program. This goes on all the time in secret!

Why do the players take this money and cars and houses for their families and much more? Well one reason is recruiting; some college programs feel that in order to get a major college recruit they have to offer these things. Some college programs (not all) have to give something to get these kids. Some of these players come from poor backgrounds, so for these kids to get some money is a big deal especially if the players and their families don’t have money anyway.

Being a college athlete is very hard. In the first placed the amount of hours that these players put in is a lot–every day of every week. They are in class all day then there’s practice after practice, they go eat dinner if they can and then go study. Now all of this may sound simple to …