Sports writers keep fans in contact with their favorite sports, leagues and teams. With television and the Internet providing immediate coverage, today's sports writers are expected to offer a deeper coverage of their topics. They can't just write about what happened at a particular game, they now have to offer insight into why it happened, how it happened or how it could have been avoided.
Besides game coverage, sports writers cover team news, like player transactions and coaching changes. They write feature stories on players and coaches, and provide insight on trends involving the team or league they cover.
With the Internet providing more sports media outlets than ever before, today's sports writers have an infinite source of opportunities. Twenty years ago, sports writers typically worked for newspapers, or perhaps magazines, but the field has changed drastically.
Today, sports writers still work for traditional outlets, but they also may be employed by sports news websites, team websites, or even work on their own blog. Many sports writers also add expertise to radio, television, and streaming video coverage. The opportunities are as varied as the sports covered, but the key to all of these communication forms is concisely giving information in an entertaining and creative fashion.