From time to time, an industry or subject inspires us to create a best-of list. These are sites that produce out-of-this-world coverage in a crowded arena. In case you’ve missed some, you can find them here. If you think your site should be considered, give us a holler and tell us why.
When covering sports news, the internet provides an endless stream of easily accessible information. Finding news sources that provide insightful, original analyses can be slightly more difficult.
With that in mind, here are some of our recommendations for sites to follow for your sports news. With multiple professional sports ramping up their seasons after delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the updates are constant.
Let us know in the comments if your go-to website wasn’t listed!
If you’re looking for a sports news source not supported by bombarding readers with ads, look no further than The Athletic, a subscription-based site full of well-written, in-depth stories across most major sports. The $9.99/month subscription fee is clearly worth it, as the site recently reported hitting 1 million subscribers despite a major sports hiatus during the pandemic.
Sort content by league (NHL, NBA, MLB, NBA, etc.) or by city if you’re only on the hunt for news about your local teams. The site also offers content on fantasy leagues for baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and Premier League.
Stories to read right now: NFL Week 1 power rankings: One thing we learned about each team; ‘We came up short’: Clippers complete one of the worst collapses in NBA history; and Inside ‘The Grand Compromise,’ as college basketball finds its way back.
While you may know FiveThirtyEight as a political analysis site, there is actually a pretty substantial sports section as well.
When it comes to data analysis and game predictions specifically, FiveThirtyEight provides a great deal of worthwhile content.
Stories to read right now: A Canadian Teenager Is One Of The Fastest Soccer Players In The World; We Knew A Football Team Would Win In Week 1. But Maybe Not ‘Football Team.’; and Which Players Have A Shot At Becoming WNBA Rookie Of The Year?
Reddit Sports Forums
If you’re a diehard fan of a particular team, just pull up that team’s subreddit and voila, you’ve got a news aggregator for your team.
Most professional team subreddits have tens of thousands of followers and contributors, and the major sports forums such as r/nfl and r/soccer have reached the millions, providing discussion, links to articles, and even original content, from long-form essays on a team’s playoff chances to lighthearted memes.
Of the major sports networks, the CBS Sports website is one of the best you’ll find.
With live scoring, breaking news, and solid reporting, without as much of a pop culture approach as other sites, CBS is a great overall hub for all your sports news.
Stories to read right now: Big Ten football announces return to play 2020 season on Oct. 24 with unique schedule, daily rapid testing; 2020 U.S. Open picks, odds: Expert predictions, favorites to win at Winged Foot Golf Club; and Derek Jeter lists Tampa mansion for $29 million after renting it to Tom Brady.
Need even more sports news? Check out our post from 2019: For Love of the Game: 5 Sites We Love for Sports News.
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Louis Eyerman is a Customer Content Specialist in PR Newswire’s editorial department. Outside of proofreading press releases, he can be found writing music and playing drums, or rambling about Cleveland sports.