This week, I interviewed a writer who’s been writing about sports for nearly a decade.
His name is Dave Weigel, and he’s been covering sports for more than a decade now.
His articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated, and his work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Slate, The New Yorker, The Economist, The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, and the New York Times.
I asked him about his experiences covering sports, the business of sports journalism, and why he decided to retire.
Dave Weilding is a writer and journalist who has written for The New York Post, Slate, Forbes and The Washington Times.
He’s been published at the New Yorker and The New Republic, and was recently nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
He was also the author of “The Power of Sports Journalism,” a New Yorker cover story that ran in the December 2011 issue.
In this interview, Dave Weiser shares his thoughts on losing sports.
Dave, welcome to the show.
Thanks for joining us.
You’ve been covering the business side of sports for a long time.
I’m curious about your experience covering sports.
So, I know you’re in the business for a lot of years now.
So you’re a long-time sports fan.
I mean, what was it that got you interested in the sport?
Dave Weiler: I started watching baseball at a very young age, when I was like six years old.
My dad, he had a baseball card collection.
He had baseball cards.
He played baseball.
My brothers and I would watch the games on TV.
My brother would have a baseball deck, and my dad would play on the deck.
So that’s when I became interested in baseball.
I would play in the backyard, on the grass, on my back, wherever I could.
So I got a real good feel for it.
And when I grew up, I was actually going to college, I wanted to play for the University of Texas.
So they had a really good baseball team, and I thought, I’d love to play.
And I was a big fan.
So when I started at The New Jersey Nets, I just knew I wanted it.
DaveWeiler: So what were some of the things that made you want to do this kind of writing?
DaveWeiser: I think what got me into sports was the way the sport was being portrayed.
When you see a sports team playing, that’s a huge part of the story.
And the way that sports is portrayed is incredibly biased.
So if you see them winning or losing, it’s not always about who wins or loses.
And it’s really not about how much money they’re making.
It’s always about the team that’s playing.
So what we had in the back of our minds was just to give the fans what they wanted.
So we started to cover sports in New Jersey.
And that was pretty much the beginning of the whole sports business.
Dave: And I know that a lot has been written about the relationship between sports and politics, but I think a lot people haven’t understood how it’s that sports and the sports business have been so intertwined.
And how did you get involved in sports politics?
Dave: Well, the thing that got me involved was my wife’s family.
And they were a very prominent Jewish family in New York City.
So my wife, her family was the most prominent Jewish in the city.
And she went to college there.
And so I got involved in politics.
And we’ve been working on this book for the last year or so.
And in this book, I’m going to talk about sports and its relationship with politics.
So the first thing I started writing was about sports in the 1950s and 60s.
And sports really caught on.
And as I researched the sports stories, I realized that they were really a story about the rise of professional sports in America.
And people just didn’t understand how that happened.
They were just seeing this big rise in the ’50s and ’60s.
It was a real, big boom in the American economy.
And a lot were talking about this incredible growth.
And there were a lot more billionaires in America then than there are billionaires now.
And this boom is just so obvious.
So it was kind of fascinating to me that they’re still talking about the boom of the ’70s.
I don’t think that there’s any other time in American history when sports really took off.
And even now, we’re talking about how sports can be a catalyst for a whole host of social issues.
So sports really did play a huge role in this massive, big change.
And one of the most important things I wanted this book to do was to look at that boom as a story of a new era.
And what’s really interesting to me is that the sports boom that happened in the early ’50-60s