My name is Mark Travis and I have been a credentialed sports writer since I was 15. That’s when I started my first website, But The Game Is On, which was dedicated to covering the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and after just a few weeks I was hooked by the idea of sharing all of my thoughts and opinions about sports online.
Prior to starting my own website, I had no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up. I loved talking about sports, but I never knew anything about the journalism field or the opportunities it presented for a sports geek to make a living. But once I got my first taste of working in the field, I knew right then and there what I wanted to do with my life.
It started in the summer of 2009. Having just found their number thanks to some sleuth-like Googling, I picked up the phone and called the offices of Team USA Basketball. I contacted their media director, Craig Miller, told him my story and asked him if he would allow me to fly out to Las Vegas in July to cover Team USA’s training camp. Having had countless credential requests rejected since then, I realize how lucky I was to have Mr. Miller say he would love to give me a shot, so long as I brought my mom along with me.
Ever since then, my site has grown exponentially. I’ve been invited back to cover Team USA each and every summer, I’ve started writing online sports columns for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, which has allowed me to cover numerous NBA playoff games, including the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals, in person, as well as a Cowboys game on Thanksgiving. I’ve also joined the Pro Basketball Writers Association, been namedropped on ESPN by Jay Bilas regarding my longform feature on Marcus Smart, talked to Kobe Bryant about his legacy, sat next to Larry Bird at a practice, and been shown interviewing Mike Conley during a live ABC telecast.
Suffice to say, I feel like I am right where I belong. And the best is yet to come.