Get Ahead Of The Curve And Start A _____


Content creation through sports media is taking a major turn and you should get onboard before it takes off and it is too late.

The near future of sports journalism and/or broadcasting is shifting into this industry and you can join for almost nothing.  Furthermore, all you have to change is the presentation of your content.  This isn’t a shift in what people want in sports media, it’s simply where they want it.  You can keep your personality or way of presenting information to your audience the same.

The area of business I am talking about is podcasting.

There is a large demographic of sports fans who are young and have very busy lives.  A major problem is finding the time.  The college student and young adult are splitting time between hours of classwork, a part-time job or starting a career, and a social life he or she is trying to retain.  Between all of these things, it is hard for your consumer to sit and listen to a scheduled radio station or television broadcast.

As I said before, you need to cater to your audience because if you can’t bring the content to them at their convenience, you will most likely be passed up.  Obviously, if you put all this together, fewer followers means less income.  This makes the problem more significant because they will move onto the ones innovating and adjusting to their problem.

My solution to you, however, is simply creating a podcast.  Podcast listeners in America as a whole have gone up to 40% in the past two years.  But in regard to people who listen to podcasts regularly is only 24%.  While the industry is still growing marginally, there is a major gap between the creators and keeping the audience.  This is simply because there is nothing for the users to listen to since podcasting is a fairly new source of media.  It’s not that people are tuning out, it’s that they have nothing worth tuning into.

Oddly put, the solution to the problem in my previous solution (confusing, I know) is there is not good enough content and out of the 350,000 podcasts, your audience can’t sift through the boring ones.  Podcasting is just the beginning.  You need to brand yourself and spread the word that you are tapping into this field through social media, word-of-mouth, and almost anything that will get your name out there.

Also, think about what this demographic is doing.  Long commutes to work, countless hours in the library for students, and even morning routines when they wake up with sports media in the background.  Podcasting is perfect because your user can download any podcast episode at any time and listen whenever they want.  They can also fast-forward, rewind, and pause the episode if they want to listen to it later or go back to something important.

What do you think you can do to be recognized among the rest?

What is your stance on the “new era” of the sports media industry?

Picking Apart The Perfect Shot


While most have my posts have been about how to build your brand and what to do with your content, I chose to give a couple pointers in regard to sports photography.  The best part about this post is that you don’t need any formal education to figure out the basics.  As long as you have the motivation and determination to succeed than everything will be fine.

As long as you know how to operate your camera, then the rest of this post will help hone your skill of shooting sports photography.  Positioning is a big factor with this topic and a problem for most trying to get the best content possible.

Furthermore, taking photography in the sports industry might be harder than it looks.  While most take pictures of a baseball player hitting a ball or a football player making a catch, there’s only a select few that have the skill that gives them the step ahead of people to get the pictures people want.  Having a general sense of where to have your camera pointed is significantly bigger problem beginners have.

However, the only gap in knowledge that separates these people is that they are photography aficionados who lack going the extra step.  The rest of this post will give you some tips and pointers that will close that gap between you and the best.

  • Positioning

Where you are on the field is a simple yet effective strategy that will make your photos stand out among the rest.  While you want to see where it’s falling because every case is different, you can’t go wrong with having the sun to your back or over your shoulder.  Also remember that, as I stated before, sports fans love to follow narratives.  At a cousin’s football game, for example, be in the corner of the home end zone with the sun over your shoulder and the home crowd on the edge of the shot.  When all things come together, if your cousin makes a game-winning catch, you have him, the crowd, and the referee in the shot.  This gives you an aesthetically pleasing shot that shares a feeling rather than just a shot.

  • Don’t Chimp

For those who don’t know the term, “chimping” is the act of checking every single photo on your camera after capturing it.  This could be the single worst thing to do especially as a sports photographer.  The shot that you need could be a matter of parts of a second and you need to be on your toes and alert at all times.

  • Do your research prior to the game

This might, in fact, be the best the most important tip regarding sports.  Sports media and fans create storylines and narratives around any league: Messi or Ronaldo; MJ vs LeBron; Will Ovechkin ever win a cup? When you’re setting up for the game and have your camera ready to take pictures, knowing the narrative for that specific game will separate you from the rest of the pack.  For example, if two players are feuding, a baseball player is ready to hit his 500th home run, or the moments immediately after a result might be the most crucial.

Any tips for other beginners out there?  What do you have to offer?



Sport Betting 101


March 14, 2018, was a monumental day for those who love to make very charitable donations to their sports bookies or online. On this day, the federal ban on sports gambling was uplifted.  If you have the same luck I do, it is officially legal to give your money away all across the nation to your bookie.

A problem for most reading this is that you have no idea where to go to gamble or even how to submit a bet.

The problem is intensified for many of you reading that have no idea how to read the different money lines, odds, and “futures” that you can gamble on.  Gambling isn’t as simple as picking a team to win and can be similar to reading another language for beginners.  While most sports have very specific betting types and styles, ill take you through a couple websites and ways of betting to get you started.

WARNING: Be careful if you sign up for a site that has credits already listed in your account.  This does not mean they are giving you 500 credits, for example, or $500. You still have $0, this is just to entice you to bet.  So if you blow through that $500, you owe $500 only if you bet it.  This is not free money.

The industry’s authority, Sportsbook Review, releases reviews for over 1000 sports betting websites since 1999.  Most of the top sites and the ones listed below give free money for sign-up and even free play.



I would recommend these websites because they are all very safe to use and you don’t have to worry about being scammed.

Different Betting Types

  • Money Line

In this style of betting, the team you bet on just needs to win.  However, this is a lot easier said than done.  What makes this style different is that the team you pick has a different payout to what you bet.  In this hypothetical situation, the Penguins would be +200 and the Blackhawks would be -140.  The easiest way to do the math to find out the payout is using $100 as the base and doing the math from there to find out your payout for whatever bet you made.  SO if you bet $200 on the Penguins, you would win $100 since they are the favorite.  A $100 bet on the Blackhawks would win you $140.  When betting, this makes the underdog enticing to bet on and can make you think twice.

  • Odds

Events with multiple candidates use odds.  The Kentucky Derby would be an easy way to explain.  Each horse in the race is given certain odds to win the race.  The candidate with odds closest to 1/2 is the favorite and every other follows from there from best to worst.  The favorite, for example, may have 3/1 odds to win the race and the least likely horse to win may have 32/1 odds.  Furthermore, to calculate your payout, take the second number as your bet in dollars and the first as your payout also in dollars.  For example, for every $2 bet on the favorite, you would win $1.  For every $1 bet on the least favorite, in this example, you would win $32.

  • “Futures”

Those who have an extensive knowledge of the history of a team’s history and what they can expect (to an extent) on the future would do well-betting futures.  Futures give an opportunity to bet on a team or player before the regular season or playoffs start.  You would bet on the odds that player finishes in a certain position (usually 1st) and keep those odds all the way through.  You can make some good money winning these because sometimes a team’s odds start off terrible but then that team hits their stride in the post-season.  Why this is different from betting on the team in the championship is as I said before that you keep the odds all season.

  • Point Spread

I put this option in here because it is pretty common in football.  When betting the point spread, you want to essentially “cover the spread”.  This means that you want the team you bet on to not lose by the predetermined number.  Think of this as a handicap given to the underdog team.  For example, in a hypothetical game, the Steelers may be -15 and the Browns +15.  If the final score is Steelers-35 Browns-15, the Browns would lose because 15 (their final score) + 15 (the point spread) is still less than 35 (the Steelers final score).  However, if the Steelers won by just 3, the Browns would win the point spread because you add 15 to their final score giving them a 12 point difference in their favor.

Read This If You Want To Obtain Your Sports Dream Job


The title says enough as to what this blog post will entail.  With a couple of easy tips and tricks, you will be able to land your ideal dream job in the sports industry.

The problem most individuals have is they don’t stand out through their resumé.  Remember that everyone you are competing against is submitting a resumé and it can be strenuous for the employer.  Imagine if you were given a couple dozen resumés and told to pick the best.  Something that stands out and separates from the rest of the crowd not only gains the attention at first glance but gets thorough undivided attention from the employer.

Furthermore, in sports, it isn’t about naming every player on the 1956 Boston Bruins roster or who had the game-winning overtime goal in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals in the Stanley Cup playoffs twenty years ago.  Many people focus on the wrong information.  When your job is creating content for a sports team, stick to what you know and show the employer that.

1. Cater your resumé to the job.

Take the perspective of your employer to make this concept easier to understand.  From their point-of-view, they have a hole in their business that they need to be filled by potentially hiring you.  The problem they have is solely that spot and obviously, they want the best candidate for that spot.  So, it would make sense for you to list everything on your resumé that links to that problem and how you will solve it.  Using past experiences similar to their problem that you solved or listing programs and content you’ve made that resembles their style will surely make you stand out.

2. Provide numbers or content rather than generalizations.

When applying for the job, the employer knows that you probably meet the basic requirements.  If you did not, you probably wouldn’t have even applied.  The basic minimum you should have on your resumé is a list of skills and accomplishments you have that they noted on their website or wherever you found out.   Furthermore, everyone is probably doing the same thing so no one really stands out.  But what you can do is write out how much more money you brought in rather than just saying “I increased revenue”.  Listing all of your analytics with social media and the content your created lets your employer see what you did.  Saying “I increased traffic on my blog page” will not cut it.

3. Tell a story.

I understand that you’re not going to start your resumé with “Once upon a time…”.  What I mean by this is that the employer has no idea who you are or what you’ve been through to get to here.  Rather than listing everything you’ve done, maybe take the reader through all the experiences you’ve had so he or she can see your development and perseverance in the industry.  For all you know, you stack up head-to-head with someone else.  If your employer sees that you show the determination by telling that story, that may be what gets you the job.

What is your opinion on the steps I have for obtaining a job?

Have you done anything different in the past that has landed you your dream job?

The Beginning of an Era in Sports Broadcasting


Sports broadcasters for any sport provide a service that is most appreciated by the new sports fan or those who need some help being guided through the game.

A broadcaster will present information such as starting lineups, in-game stats, and will point out scenarios and strategies the viewer may miss.  However, for those fans who know exactly what they are watching and don’t need any guidance, some broadcasters come off as awkward or annoying.

Announcers such as Joe Buck and Cris Collinsworth have a history of not being a fan favorite because of their monotone voices and lack of joy and charisma.  Former players Bill Russell and Mark Johnson, while phenomenal athletes during their time, were off-cue and not exactly a fans first choice.  And finally, how could anyone forget Bill Russell who did everything from rubbing dirt on himself to taking off his shirt on-air.

To make matters even worse, anyone watching the game while these individuals are announcing can’t do anything about it.  Nobody wants to sit in a silent room while watching the game.

The simple and easy solution I propose is to subscribe to “ESPN+“.  While ESPN may be outdated in many aspects of announcing, this new idea will revolutionize the fan experience and cater to everyone’s needs.  This new streaming service from was recently released on April 12 and offers a lineup of content and live sporting events for just $4.99/month.

How it works and what you get

The first step is to download the ESPN app via your iPad or smartphone or you can log onto and purchase the subscription.  As I said before, you only pay $4.99/month to receive all of the benefits.

With your 5 bucks, you get an array of content among thousands of live sporting events such as the following:

  • MLB – more than 180 games
  • NHL – more than 180 games
  • Boxing – year-round
  • MLS – more than 250 games
  • College Sports – multiple sports such as football, baseball, basketball, and hockey to name a few.
  • PGA – 50 days of coverage
  • Rugby and Cricket – international

Furthermore, the ESPN+ app will provide users with a platform that lets them do everything that revolves around sports.  Any question you have will be solved through this app.

  • Scores, news, highlights
  • live streaming
  • on-demand video library
  • ESPN audio

Believe me when I say that coming from a hardcore sports fan myself that this app will be a game-changer to how to consumer watches sports.  ESPN+ could even save you from an expensive cable bill that you don’t want to pay any more.  If you’re like me, all I use cable or is sporting events and with this app, I would save nearly $95.

Do you all plan on using this app?

Does it satisfy all your sports broadcasting needs or do you think something else should be added?

Intro: Why It’s YOUR Blog and Not Mine


Being my first blog post, I think it’s fair to introduce what the blog will be about and the type of content you can expect.

I had the idea to create this site because like a lot of other people, I was tired with the usual content ESPN puts out and wanted not just new material or shows, but something more raw and entertaining.  “Pardon The Interruption” and “First Take” are shows that have been airing for about a million years and it’s the usual “hot take” debate or boring interviews with athletes that are look bored themselves.

I wanted something more edgy and something timeless instead of the pre-game show, the post-game show, and the next game’s prediction.

The problem gets even worse because with the millions or dollars ESPN is losing and people around the world making new, modern content, ESPN is desperately playing “catch up” and trying to do what everyone else is. The only issue is they suck at it and is “cringe-worthy” or awkward. But you can’t blame the on-air talent, they did a job well for a while (million years) and just don’t know how to innovate and adapt to what you want today.

MY solution isn’t just writing content for you and you reading, watching, and listening to my ideas or opinions.  My solution is YOU because YOU know exactly what you want to talk about and have listened to others for years.  Why have me do all the talking when everyone has the power of the internet at their fingertips.  I don’t want to force anything or write boring content. YOU know what you want, so go ahead…talk about it!

My solution comes from collaboration and a sharing of ideas that you, the fans, want to talk about.  Football may be the most popular sport in America, however, I realize that others are die-hard hockey fans.  Rather than catering to the majority (like ESPN), I chose to cater to…well…everyone.  I allow you to have a platform and voice to talk about what you want. The hockey fans can skip through all the football talk and join a thread to talk about the Stanley Cup.  Heck, even the cheese rollers in England can discuss their reaction to the latest cheese rolling event.

I will still be posting my ideas on the blog page, but the site comes to life with collaboration on your part.

I hope your onboard with my idea and I made this site because I am a sports fan like you that wants more than boring interviews and reductant shows with “I’m right, your’e wrong” opinions.

So comment or email me if you have any suggestions or what you want to include in the site.

What else do you want me to include?

Do you think my idea will revolutionize sports media or is complete trash?