Sports magazines typically feature opinion pieces, interviews and longer articles focusing on individual players, teams or general trends within a sport. Some of the most popular sports magazines include Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine.
Both Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine focus primarily on the most popular sports, including basketball, football, baseball, soccer and hockey, though they also include coverage of other sports such as golf, tennis and swimming. Coverage generally focuses on developments within different fields of sports, including team trades, injuries, gossip and general trends. Longer profile pieces may provide an in-depth focus on specific athletes and teams. Magazines also publish pieces on subjects that affect entire sports, such as steroid use in MLB or concussions in the NFL.
Sports magazines also regularly publish opinion pieces in which sportswriters comment on players, teams or general practices within a league. Commentators may criticize popular players or call attention to players they feel are underrated. They may also criticize or comment on prevailing trends within a sport, such as the predominance of three-point shooting in the NBA.
Sports magazines also present awards to players deemed worthy of particular recognition. Sports Illustrated, for example, offers its annual Sportsman of the Year award to a player who personifies the spirit of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Winners are typically top athletes or coaches in their fields, such as LeBron James, Peyton Manning and Pat Summitt.