sports·​writ·​er ˈspȯrts-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce sportswriter (audio)
variants or less commonly sports writer or sports-writer
: a person who writes about sports especially for a newspaper
In an opening-day column for the Huntsville Times, one sportswriter beseeched readers not to let football poison friendship and provoke brawls.Steve Kemper
sportswriting noun
or sports writing

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Former sportswriter and longtime spring training attendee Les Polk remembers this turbulent time vividly. Jordy Fee-platt, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2023 Frank Litsky, a longtime sportswriter for The Times, died in 2018. Frank Litsky, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2023 The tradition among sportswriters is to come out of a college newspaper and start in a minor-league city, hoping for a break. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Apr. 2023 Follow every game: Latest NBA Scores and Schedules NBA AWARDS:Our picks for MVP, rookie of the year, most improved OPINION: Toxic discussion around this season's NBA MVP award is taking fun out of race Award results are based on votes from an international panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2023 So maybe sportswriters aren’t the ultimate authority. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 27 Mar. 2023 Pollard’s team cuts together interviews with dozens of veteran sportswriters and basketball legends, threaded between thrilling footage from Russell’s multiple championship seasons. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2023 In 1990, a sportswriter called him the most powerful man in the college game. oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 What happens when a sportswriter picks some of the toughest games of the week and goes head-to-head against a sharp and a football expert with a Harvard education? Joseph Goodman |, al, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sportswriter was in 1907

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“Sportswriter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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sports·​writ·​er ˈspō(ə)rts-ˌrīt-ər How to pronounce sportswriter (audio)
: a person who writes about sports (as for a newspaper)

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