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Writing Football Articles for Sports Obsessive

What are we looking for?

Are you interested in writing football articles for Sports Obsessive? What content do we want? What separates us from other sites? This article will outline a few key strategies we here at SportsObsessive.com are looking to use.

Puff Pieces

What is it that we really want content-wise? To answer that question, we should really start with what we do not want; puff piece opinion articles with no research or facts behind them. While there is certainly a place for “Potential Landing Spot for Player X…” articles, (after all, they are fun to read!) they often have no real value, nor are they anything but dart throws on a map. What do I mean by this? If I told you that Kenny Golladay would have been absolutely great in LA, Las Vegas, or a host of other NFL teams outside NY, the only argument for or against it is typically that you want him on your favorite team. Most of these articles have zero research done outside of who we expect to be the starting cast of skill players for that franchise each Sunday.

Dig Deep

OK, so what do you want from me? When writing football articles on landing spots (sticking to that theme), we look for deeper dives than QB X has a big arm and can get the ball downfield. What is the team’s current salary cap? Can they realistically afford this player? What would his contract have to look like?  What does the coaching scheme look like under the current OC? How would that player’s specific skill set mesh with the new club? Does the club have an O-Line that would give the QB three or more seconds to allow the receiver to get downfield? If not, then what needs to happen?

Answering these types of questions shows the reader that you have a deeper understanding of the NFL (or college, depending on what your article is about) than just a fan wanting your team to have a new stud player.

Film Study

Film study, combined with relevant stats to back up what you see on film, can be extremely difficult to portray in writing. The age of YouTube is here, and it’s fair to state that most people want to watch a video and have you tell them what to think. However, if your passion is for writing football articles, you will need to go the extra mile instead of video editing to capture your audience’s attention.

What Does That Look Like?

The article will typically need to be short and packed with stats and info about the entire offence/defence, instead of simply stating what the player does well and needs to improve. My first article for Sports Obsessive was a film breakdown and fantasy projection about Antonio Brown after signing with Tampa Bay. In that article, I not only broke down what I saw on film from him during his previous season, but I also broke down what the Buccs coaching staff and other players surrounding him meant for AB’s potential.

Video Footage Within the Article

If you want to go a step further and include visual aids in your analysis, it is certainly doable. YouTube is a tool that seems to be excluded from written articles, and there is simply no reason why you should not utilize it. If you are talking about a wide receiver’s catching ability, for example, then include a link to a relevant video. WordPress is the tool most commonly used within the industry, and it allows us to insert links into our digital articles.

What Do We Want?

We are looking for quality College, NFL, and fantasy-relevant content. Sports Obsessive is looking to add high-quality, well-researched content that sets us apart from every other site. Articles should take more than one stat sheet and 15 minutes of your time to write. If you have a passion for football and want to show the world you know your stuff, SportsObsessive.com is the place for you. Differentiate yourself from the rest of the field, think outside the box and show us what you’ve got to offer!

 

 

 

Written by Tom Ayling

I am Canadian, an NFL Fanatic, and proud member of #BillsMafia. I watch game film and write about what I see on tape, not just the box scores.

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