There are currently an estimated 11,700 sports writers in the United States. The sports writer job market is expected to grow by 3.4% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are sports writers?

CareerExplorer rates sports writers with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 9,300 sports writers. That number is based on 400 additional sports writers, and the retirement of 8,900 existing sports writers.

Are sports writers in demand?

Though there is always a need for sports writers, they are not necessarily in high demand, due to high competition and a growing number of freelance writers available for hire on a contract, short-term basis. Competition is expected to increase further, particularly at large metropolitan and national newspapers, as the number of print newspapers continues to shrink and media outlets transition to online publication. This trend is expected to produce a very specific need for candidates with new media skills. Smaller publications and broadcast stations will likely provide the best opportunities. Professional league sites like and also employ sports writers and may present attractive opportunities for seasoned writers in the field. Contemporary sports writers are typically college graduates with degrees in journalism or mass communications. While a degree is a qualification that is in demand, aspiring sports writers should build their portfolios by writing blogs for local media sources, seeking out internships, and gaining early experience by writing for college and high school newspapers. Sports writers wishing to work for television or radio stations may need additional training, such as reporting experience.

What’s the supply of sports writers?

Sports Writer job market by state

State Name Employed Sports Writers
California 1,560
Nevada 1,420
Texas 850
New York 590
Minnesota 520
Montana 520
Alaska 490
Washington 390
Nebraska 370
Michigan 330
Arizona 300
Alabama 290
South Carolina 230
Kentucky 230
South Dakota 200
Pennsylvania 170
New Mexico 150
North Dakota 100
Oregon 90
Delaware 70
Louisiana 60
Mississippi 60
Maryland 60
New Jersey 30