Magazine article ADWEEK

Sportswriters Go Long Online: As the Business of Print Publishing Takes a Hit, Sports Journalists Find New Outlets on the Web for Rambling Reads

Magazine article ADWEEK

Sportswriters Go Long Online: As the Business of Print Publishing Takes a Hit, Sports Journalists Find New Outlets on the Web for Rambling Reads

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As any literary-minded technophile will tell you, the Internet has become a haven for lengthy, high-quality prose, with sites from the Awl to BuzzFeed regularly churning out 4,000-word stories. But it's not just rambling book reviews and art-world treatises. The art of longform sportswriting has also found new life on the Web.

This sportswriting renaissance includes relative newcomers like Bill Simmons' Grantland, sports blog network SB Nation and Deadspin (Manti Te'o, anyone?) and established players like USA Today (a backer of Sports on Earth) and Sports Illustrated, which has been pulling archived stories for its tablet editions.

"A number of sports entities are seeing that the future of sports journalism lays in longform, as people become more accustomed to reading on phones and tablets," said Glenn Stout, who has edited The Best American Sports Writing book series since its inception in 1991 and also oversees SB Nation's new longform section.

While Stout once relied on newspapers to fill The Best American Sports Writing volumes, he is increasingly pulling articles from digital-only outlets. Notwithstanding recent high-profile sports pieces by The New York Times and The Atlantic, Stout said print outlets are finding it harder to do these big stories.

"Twenty or 25 years ago, there were 50 or 60 of these Sunday newspaper supplements nationwide, and they were a great source [for longform sportswriting]," he said. "Those don't exist anymore. …

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