Sports Journalism, Jason Collins and Michael Sam

  • William P. CassidyEmail author


This chapter provides an overview of this book which examines how Sports Journalists covered the coming out stories of National Basketball Association (NBA) veteran Jason Collins and football All-American Michael Sam, who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL). This chapter also introduces the reader to sports journalism’s status as “the toy department,” an area perceived as having lower and less rigorous standards than other forms of journalism. However, the bulk of this chapter offers a detailed account of the events surrounding Collins’ and Sam’s respective coming out announcements.


Jason Collins Michael Sam Sports journalism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CommunicationNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA

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