One area in which journalists and news organizations have wholly embraced Twitter is the sports industry. When it comes to an injury, trade, or scandal, sports stories can easily be broken in 140 characters or less, making it a perfect match. Most reporters head to Twitter first where they can divulge the information before going through an editor to post on the web. Here are six journalists to follow for the best breaking news in the world of sport.
Adam Schefter, Football; @AdamSchefter; followers: 355,434.
When the Denver Broncos announced on Monday the firing of second year head coach Josh McDaniels, Schefter announced it on Twitter before it reached the ESPN website. He has quickly become the face of the NFL for ESPN, rising to fame over the last few years while covering the most popular sport in America. Schefter is ubiquitous, making appearances on radio morning shows, evening SportsCenter, and just about every football show. Still, it is on twitter where you will find the latest information, whether it is as small as a team signing a punter or firing a head coach. With so many people playing fantasy football and picking games in pools, Schefter is invaluable.
Jayson Stark, Baseball; @jaysonst; followers: 49,976:
Stark has been a senior baseball writer at ESPN for a decade now, a stint that followed 21 years reporting for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has a blog on ESPN.com, and prides himself in knowledge of baseball numbers, quirks, and history. You wouldn’t know that the season is over by following Stark’s tweets right now. When Major League Baseball was in the playoffs this fall, more fans tuned into watch their respective NFL teams than their MLB counterpart. Still, Stark is unfazed. Last Sunday, when much of the sports world was watching either football or Tiger Woods, Stark sent out ten tweets, all about baseball and off-season acquisitions. At a time of year when the sport doesn’t get a lot of coverage, Stark is around with all the baseball news.
Darren Dreger, hockey: @DarrenDreger; followers: 73,061
For the best hockey coverage and analysis, head north of the border to Canada. Dreger works for TSN, and has arguably the most hockey contacts of anyone around. Dreger really earns his paycheck on the day of the NHL trade deadline day, when he is constantly on his blackberry reporting breaking news on live television. He is trusted by hockey players and peers alike, and should be trusted on Twitter. A prolific tweeter, Dreger doesn’t simply report scores or stats. Instead he discusses salary issues, board meetings, and injuries; much of which precedes the headlines and articles on the TSN website. As hockey becomes a sport that fewer and fewer people pay attention to and good coverage is harder to come by, Dreger is a must follow on Twitter.
Chris Broussard, NBA; @Chris_Broussard; followers: 67,513
Chad Ford, NCAA Basketball, @chadfordinsider; followers: 51,544
Together, Broussard and Ford offer the best basketball analysis at the professional and college levels. Broussard was one of the journalists who accurately predicted the outcome of the free agency of Lebron James, one of the biggest sports stories of the year. He broke the news that Chris Bosh would leave Toronto for the Miami Heat, and understood the relationship these players had in the past. Ford meanwhile, is known for his mock drafts and top prospects list, feverishly covering the NCAA. The season has recently started, and Ford offers live updates amid a myriad of games and college basketball madness.
Bill Simmons, Sports; @sportsguy33; followers: 1,286,668
Yes, that number is accurate. Simmons has grown into a different kind of journalist, uniquely suited to inform and entertainment people of many different backgrounds and interests. Known as ‘The Sports Guy,” a title that he has earned over the years, he has gained great fame rising up through ESPN. Despite his deep sports knowledge, his good humor, witty observations, and self deprecating nature make him both likable and accessible. Simmons spans all media; he writes columns, hosts a podcast, and can be seen on TV occasionally hosting Pardon the Interruption or basketball specials on ESPN. Simmons tweets don’t necessarily break news, but his comments about culture, news, and sports become a necessary part of any dialogue. Simmons famously resisted joining Twitter for sometime, but has since found a way to deliver his message, and his numbers continue to grow.