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Sports Writing As More Than a Hobby: Get Real

By Illya Harrell On July - 19 - 2009

Does your Bleacher Report profile say anything similar to "Aspiring Sports Writer"?  How about "Journalism Major"?  "GM of the Red Sox"?

If so, dream on, my future chagrined friend.  Especially the GM guy or gal.

I have no idea the number profiles I have viewed on this site.  Of those many, it seems like over half say something to the effect of, "I wanna go pro."

It's difficult for me to see so many fellow Bleacher Creatures with such lofty goals.  Sure goals are a good thing.  To bet your future on unrealistic ones is not.

How many "big league" sports writing jobs are out there?  Shoot, even toss in "minor league" employment opportunities.  Shucks, let's go so far as to count high school sports.  How many?

Answer: Very few.

Not nearly enough to keep the vast majority of you from standing in the free cheese line.

You see, most teams already have solidified writers.  You may be lucky to get a job as a stringer, reporting stats to the good old boys, while bringing home $1,400 a month.

That's hardly enough to keep a roof over your head in a major metropolitan area.&nb...

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