Attention all sports columnists, aspiring journalists, and
Sports is a popular and growing destination for fans who are looking for
original fan commentary and analysis. Fans enjoy reading what you have to
say and what better place to promote your name, boost your experience, and
showcase your thoughts and writing style than right here at MOP Squad
have to be a professional journalist to contribute, either. Most
importantly, if you are a faithful fan of the game, you will be accepted
equally as an aspiring journalist. Plus, ever thought of starting your own
web site to promote your work? Don't bother creating something very few
will see when you could use MOP Squad Sports, an already established
destination. Make MOP Squad Sports YOUR site and be seen more by
Before proceeding ... you must take a look at our benefits, restrictions,
and perks section for more details. You are required to read and agree to
these terms upon applying.
not everyone who applies gets the position. Prove yourself as best as
possible by showcasing your writing style to the best of your ability. Use
proper grammar and punctuation and don't be sloppy.
Benefits and Perks
Worldwide exposure to your work and name. Create
a name for yourself on the Internet as an established sports journalist.
Use this experience to aid you in the future. Experience is valuable.
You will receive full credit for your story and
you will have the ability to receive feedback from readers.
You will get a free, personalized @mopsquad.com
You will have the opportunity to collaborate and
share ideas with other sports columnists as you wish.
We have numerous partnerships and affiliations
with sites that regularly republish your content resulting in maximum
exposure for your work. In other words, your content as a part of our
web site is most likely to syndicated on the web through our
relationships with other sites to thousands of sports fans around the
As a columnist, you get freedom. We don't force
you to write about one specific topic; write about any appropriate topic
Rules and Restrictions
We reserve the right to edit submitted content as
needed or not publish a particular article at all in extreme rare cases.
We will not make edits based on content, but only in the case of
spelling and/or grammar corrections. You have your thoughts. Others
should hear them... not just my thoughts.
All content submitted becomes property of MOP
Squad Sports, with proper credit given to the authors. The reason
for this is simple. By becoming property of the site, the site is able
to protect your interests. We're not trying to get rich off the
writers, but we don't want anyone stealing our writers' works as their
Writing for us is a non-paying position and is
strictly volunteer work. Don't come to us expecting to make a living off
the site. We don't and you won't, either. Like us, you are contributing
due strictly to your love of sports and desire to share your thoughts
and writing style with a large audience.
Guidelines and Tips
First and foremost, I would rather see someone
who is passionate and knowledgeable on what they are writing on than be
a Pulitzer-Prize winner. Just as it is for the players, skills can be
learned, but heart is immeasurable. I'm willing to help someone who
might not be the strongest writer bring their ideas together, but I
can't teach passion for a team.
Use good English and grammar skills. Visitors
will judge you on your writing style and abilities and no one wants to
be looked at as ignorant. You are a representative of everyone on staff.
When you have an opinion about something, be sure
to back it up. If you claim one team is better than the other, explain
why. Backup claims with facts.
Adding quotes to enhance your articles is always
Provide a descriptive, but catchy title with your
articles. You could have the greatest article ever, but if it is
accompanied by a weak title, no one will be interested in reading it.
Use first-person (I, me, myself, etc.) in article
introductions sparingly. There are times where a personal attachment is
good to have, but don't overuse the style. Instead, make your
introduction informational and enticing to readers and 3-4 sentences in
To maximize readability, break your work into
paragraphs of 3-4 sentences. Avoid large chunks of text because it makes
it more difficult to read. Try to keep language conversational. If
unsure whether something is worthwhile, read it back to yourself out
loud. If it flows well out of your mouth, it's a good start. If you're
forcing yourself to get through it, you might want to re-think what you
News analysis: Take a news story and add your
Player/team analysis/profiles: Write a biography
of a particular team or player that interests you. Or break down a team
Player/team rivalries: Talk some trash in an area
you feel strongly about, just make sure to back it up.
Predictions/outlooks: Put it all on the line by
making a bold prediction of an event or game. What's going to happen,
The past: Do the events of many years ago grab
your interest? Share your memories and experiences or profile a legend.
Anything goes: If it's about sports and is
written well, chances are, we'll run it. Write about what moves you and
you have passion for.
Last, but not
least, remember to have fun! We want you to enjoy what you are
doing, and if you don't, your work won't be as good as it could be. Like
the people behind the site, we do this for our love of sports, not money
forward to working and hearing from you! E-mail me at