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The genre of fiction that places the focus on sports, usually following a player, coach, or team as they challenge themselves to rise to the top of the sport in question.

Sports Stories can span a single game, a tournament, or an entire career. While the rules of the game, training, and the rivalry between players is the most common source of drama in these types of works, it is often the protagonist team that must learn something important about themselves to overcome the odds.

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For related tropes, see Sports Story Tropes. See also Professional Wrestling and Sports Game.


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American Football

Archery/Kyudo

Association Football

Badminton

Baseball

Basketball

Bicycling

Boxing

Card Games

Figure Skating

Go

Inline Skating

Judo

Kendo

Lacrosse

Mahjong (Hey, if chess counts as a sport, this probably does too)

Mixed Martial Arts

Ping Pong/Table Tennis

Racing

Rugby

Running

Ski Jumping

Swimming

Sumo

Supernatural Martial Arts

Tennis

Toy/Plastic Model Battle

Volleyball

Wrestling

Fictional Sports

    Comic Books 
Auto Racing/Motorsport

Baseball

Fencing

Pro Wrestling

    Fan Works 

Fictional Sport

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    Film 

Air Racing

American Football

Association Football

Australian Rules Football

Auto Racing/Motorsport

Baseball

Basketball

Bicycling

Boxing

Chess (It counts, dammit!)

Cricket

Figure Skating

  • Blades of Glory: Two men explore the world of couples figure skating.
  • Ice Princess: The story of a Math Genius who wants to compete as a figure skater.
  • I, Tonya: A dramatized version of the life and controversies of Tonya Harding.

Golf

Horse Racing

Ice Hockey

Martial Arts (Traditional)

Mixed Martial Arts

Pro Wrestling

Roller Derby

Running

Skateboarding

Surfing

Table Tennis

Tennis

Ten-pin Bowling

  • Gutterballs: I warned you not to bowl tonight.
  • Kingpin a bowling comedy with Bill Murray.

Other Sports

Multiple Sports

    Literature 
American Football
  • The Blind Side: Part chronicle of the teenage years of future NFL offensive tackle Michael Oher, and part chronicle of the evolution of Oher's left tackle position. Spawned a film concentrating more on Oher; Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for portraying Oher's adoptive mother Leigh Anne Tuohy.
  • Scott Sigler's Galactic Football League series of YA novels. In the distant future, Galactic Conquerors (the Creterakians) use this sport to help keep the other races (including but not limited to Humanity) in line. Described by many as Star Wars meets The Godfather meets Any Given Sunday.

Association Football

Baseball

Canadian Football

  • The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles: Surreal web novel in which an alternate-history version of Tim Tebow joins the CFL, breaks records, and breaks the game itself.

Diving

Horse Racing

Ice Hockey

Ice Skating

Pro Wrestling

Running Run With The Wind (also adapted into a manga, movie, and anime)

Swimming

Multiple Sports

    Live Action TV 
American Football
  • All American, loosely based on the life of real formel NFL player Spencer Paysinger and playing football for a rich high school while living on the wrong side of the tracks.
  • Blue Mountain State is about college football. And beer.
  • Coach, a sitcom about the coaching staff of the Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles.
  • Friday Night Lights
  • The Game (2006), though it focuses more on the relationships between football players and their wives than the game.
  • Necessary Roughness

Association Football

Baseball

Basketball

Cricket

E-Sports

Martial Arts

Other Sports

Pro Wrestling

Racing

  • Harley and the Davidsons: A Docudrama about the origins of motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson, albeit focusing on racing in the first act of the three-part miniseries.

Surfing

Multiple Sports

  • Arliss: About a sports agent and his clients.
  • Glee: Half of the main cast consists of high school football players, cheerleaders and a synchronized swimmer.
  • Sports Night: A bit more meta than some of the examples, this show is about sports anchors and the games that they cover.

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    Newspaper Comics 
Association Football
  • The Sun has a long running story called Striker, though that's an Artifact Title now as the title character, Nick Jarvis, retired years ago and is now a manager.
    • The Mirror also had a football comic strip, called Scorer.
  • Cleats
  • Roy of the Rovers

Boxing

  • Joe Palooka

Multiple Sports

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    Tabletop Games 
Fictional Sport
  • Blood Bowl is designed to allow a group of players to form their own teams within a custom League. Each player on each team can develop in a multitude of ways, or even die on the pitch, allowing for a dynamic story to develop around your players, teams, and League based on how the game goes.

    Theatre 
Australian Rules Football

Chess

    Video Games 
American Football
  • Both Blitz: The League games included elaborate story modes set in a fictional football league, written by ex-writers from ESPN football drama Playmakers.

Association Football

  • "The Journey" in FIFA 17 is a Story Mode about aspiring talent Alex Hunter's rise through the ranks of the English Premier League. It continues in 18, introducing Alex's American half-sister Kim as she tries for a spot with the US national team, and concludes in 19 when Alex faces the challenge of the UEFA Champions League.

Basketball

  • One of the main features of the NBA 2K series is the MyCareer mode, which has been featuring a backstory for your created player since 2K14.
  • NBA Ballers Series
  • The Campaign Mode for Head Basketball features a different one of these for each character.

Pro Wrestling

Skateboarding

  • Tony Hawk's Underground centers around a rookie skater's journey from their humble beginnings in a New Jersey neighborhood to becoming a professional athlete. Underground 2 and American Wasteland are similarly story-driven, with the latter returning to the "rookie making a name for himself" angle.

Toy/Plastic Model Battle

Fictional Sport

  • Pokémon should qualify as the protagonist's Mons are trained to eventually beat those of the Gym Leaders, Elite Four, and the Champion.

    Visual Novels 
Association Football

Baseball

  • Butterfly Soup is about a group of Asian-American girls who join their high school's baseball club.

Running

  • Prince of Stride tells about the adventures of the Honan Stride Club. Stride is a fictional sport invented by the game that mixes relay races with parkour.

    Web Original 
Association Football

Pro Wrestling

    Western Animation 
American Football

Association Football

Baseball

Basketball

Hockey

  • The Mighty Ducks has little to do with the films of the same name, instead focusing on a team of anthropomorphic ducks who fight crime and play hockey on the side.

Pro Wrestling

Racing

Surfing

Multiple Sports

Other


Alternative Title(s): Sports Story

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