In the age of social media and misinformation, finding sports news that is accurate and the latest information can be difficult. But it doesn’t have to be.
Here are some tricks, tips, and more to ensure you are getting the most out of your sports reading experience.
Facebook and Twitter have been a big source of misinformation because a few bad apples feel they can persuade someone to believe whatever they want. People get tricked all the time by fake accounts that look real. But social media is the quickest and best way to get the news.
Twitter in particular is the best. For sports, follow the top two or three experts in each sport, typically competing at rival publications or television stations.
For instance, NBA reporting experts Adrian Wojnarowski, of ESPN, and Shams Charania, of The Athletic and Stadium, are reporting rivals who once were on the same team at Yahoo! The two compete to break news first, typically with the NBA Draft and free agency periods as the litmus test that even fans enjoy keeping track of.
It is difficult to replicate the profiles of experts at major publications and networks. Easy ways to figure out who to trust is a verified checkmark Twitter offers journalists. Though there are some emojis that can make an account look like it is verified.
Also, be sure to click on the profile and see how many followers the profile has. If it is in the millions, you probably have the correct reporter. If it isn’t, it’s likely an imposter.
Lastly, and a personal favorite, turn on tweet notifications for the verified profiles. Any time they tweet, which can be annoying if not news, a notification will pop up on your phone or watch. There’s no way to be tricked unless you’ve set them up for the wrong account.
Who To Follow?
Knowing who to follow is as important as anything. For the latest baseball news, ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Buster Olney are on top of a lot. So is The Athletic and Fox’s Ken Rosenthal. MLB Network reporters JP Morosi, Jon Heyman, and Tom Verducci are solid.
The top NFL reporters are ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and really anyone on their team, Yahoo!’s Charles Robinson and Fox’s Jay Glazer among many others. The top draft coverage comes from Mel Kiper Jr and Todd McShay of ESPN.
We already touched on the NBA with Wojnarowski and Charania. Others to consider are Chris Haynes, of Yahoo!, and Marc Spears, of The Undefeated.
For college sports, ESPN’s Pete Thamel and Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde and Ross Dellinger are three of the best.
Similarly to finding verifiable experts, searching the right publications is the next step. Perhaps you don’t like social media, and that’s fine, then the best way is to find publications that get it right.
Something to always check is the bigger publications, such as ESPN, Yahoo!, Sports Illustrated, Fox and CBS are typically most on top of things. They employ thousands of people and a good chunk of the top experts across respective sports.
Same as social media, be sure to download the app and turn on notifications so that the latest news is at your fingertips as soon as a story posts.
Finding The Best Stories
So much of finding sports news is the engaging stories behind players. Stories crafted at the local level are often the best ways to learn about a specific player. It also provides some of the best microanalysis on a particular team.
These reporters will often break news before the bigger experts get to it, too. Following the people who reside and follow one team is a great way of learning more, both from analysis on the team and games, or potentially the first to break big news.
Of course, the best way to find information for local and high school sports is to subscribe to that particular communities publication.