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Sports Illustrated senior writer S.L. Price

Sports Illustrated senior writer S.L. Price

Episode 99 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features Sports Illustrated senior writer S.L. Price. Along with his work for SI, Price has a new book out ¬ — Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town — which examines the history of Aliquippa, Pa. and football’s place in an American steel town.

In this podcast, Price discusses how to approach long-form sports writing; what makes certain subjects interesting to write about; the difference between sports feature writing in 2016 versus 2000; the process of interviewing dozens of people for a piece and how to organize it; why he wanted to examine Aliquippa, Pa., the home of Mike Ditka, Darrelle Revis and Ty Law among other NFLers; how he finds stories and profiles; how to write a feature when your main subject will not talk to you; whether you have to like a subject to write about them; playing basketball against candidate Barack Obama in Iowa for an SI column in 2007; how often he likes the pieces he wrote;