Based on my experience with the Chicago Sports Review (CSR) , I don’t think that writing for that website is a particularly good way to either get quality writing experience or move up in the sportswriting world.
When I was in college, I was on the staff of the student newspaper. There were certain courtesies that the editors would follow such as telling you upfront if your article was rejected, why it was rejected and what I needed to do to make it fit to print. In my opinion, these are things that any would-be editor has to do in order to make it worth your while to deal with that editor.
Some time ago, the CSR website editor Mario Scalise posted to Soxtalk about how the CSR website needed some folks to write articles for it. I volunteered and eventually got a pair of articles published there, which was good.
What was not so good was the fact that I often had to email Scalise about whether or not an article was accepted or not, since he was too lazy to email me about it in the first place. Whenever an article was rejected, he rarely offered any ideas on how to improve it and often his reasons for rejection didn’t seem to make sense.
The final straw came in regards to an article that I submitted on March 23rd. He never emailed back about it and when I subsequently emailed him twice about it, he never ever replied. To this day, 4 months later he still has not replied. For what its worth, I put a lot of time and effort into the articles that I submitted to the CSR and getting the silent treatment from a lazy editor just does not cut it. I’m never going to waste my time/energy on Scalise and the CSR ever again.
Unless you enjoy working for lazy editors, I’d doubt that any of you would find the experience of writing for Scalise and the CSR worth your while.