The Routledge Handbook of Sports Journalism is a comprehensive and in-depth survey of the fast-moving and multifaceted world of sports journalism. Encompassing historical and contemporary analysis, and case studies exploring best practice as well as cutting edge themes and issues, the book also represents an impassioned defence of the skill and art of the trained journalist in an era of unmediated digital commentary.


With contributions from leading sports-media scholars and practising journalists, the book examines journalism across print, broadcast and digital media, exploring the everyday reality of working as a contemporary reporter, editor or sub-editor.  It considers the organisations that shape output, from PR departments to press agencies, as well as the socio-political themes that influence both content and process, such as identity, race and gender.  The book also includes interviews with, and biographies of, well-known journalists, as well as case studies looking at the way that some of the biggest names in world sport, from Lance Armstrong to Caster Semenya, have been reported.


This is essential reading for all students, researchers and professionals working in sports journalism, sports broadcasting, sports marketing and management, or the sociology or history of sport.



chapter 1|20 pages

Why sports journalism matters

part I|184 pages

The trade

chapter 3|8 pages

The art of sportswriting

chapter 4|10 pages


chapter 5|10 pages


chapter 6|10 pages


chapter 7|12 pages

Regional newspapers

chapter 8|18 pages


chapter 9|10 pages

Multiplatform sports journalism

chapter 11|10 pages


chapter 12|12 pages

Public relations

chapter 13|4 pages

The sports editor: Good cop or bad?

chapter 14|8 pages

The sub-editor

chapter 15|14 pages


chapter 16|16 pages

Statistics and records

chapter 17|6 pages

When dreams fall apart

part II|134 pages


chapter 18|17 pages


chapter 19|12 pages


chapter 21|14 pages


chapter 22|10 pages

National identity

chapter 23|12 pages

The Olympics

chapter 24|8 pages

Football hooliganism

chapter 25|14 pages

Football managers and the press

chapter 26|26 pages

Who owns the narrative?

chapter 27|8 pages

Caster Semenya

chapter 28|10 pages

Lance Armstrong

part III|14 pages


chapter 29|5 pages

Frank Keating

chapter 30|2 pages

Hugh McIlvanney 1

chapter 31|4 pages

Vikki Orvice 1

chapter 32|2 pages

John Samuel 1

part IV|24 pages

The future

chapter 33|5 pages

A new Golden Age?

chapter 34|8 pages


chapter 35|10 pages