No Time Outs: What It's Really Like to be a Sportswriter Today
The popular perception of the modern-day sportswriter is of a pleasant schlub whose entire clothing rotation consists of half a dozen Hawaiian shirts, two pairs of jeans, and a pair of flip-flops, and whose days are spent watching men and women play games. The truth, according to Pulitzer Prize nominee Christopher Walsh, is that sixty hours is a short workweek for a sportswriter. Covering Super Bowl XXXV, for example, Walsh averaged four hours of sleep a night, wrote twenty-six articles, and barely even saw the game. "Sports journalism is not easy," Walsh writes. "It does not pay well. The hours can be lousy. Most writers grow eary of the aggravation, get burned out and leave the business." But sportswriting for him is still, in many ways, a "dream job."
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