Jack Freifelder

Journalist/Sports Writer

New York City, Greater Chicago Area

Jack Freifelder

My name is Jack Freifelder. I'm a recent graduate from Northwestern University with a major in print/online journalism and a minor in Spanish. I'm a big sports fan and I have high hopes of making a career in beat writing someday. For now I'm just happy to practice the craft of good, quality journalism.


No 17

A little more than two years ago, a Chinese-American basketball player entered his 39th NBA game. At the end of the game, New York, the world and sports writers would have a new word: "Linsanity", Jack Freifelder reports from New York. "Linsanity: (noun.) The state of excitement surrounding basketball phenom Jeremy Lin - a point guard for the New York Knicks, the NBA's first Chinese-American player, and a gift to sports headline writers everywhere." - The blog Breaking Copy.
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A snapshot of the NBA's Chinese New Year celebration

Members of the US Wushu Academy, a Chinese martial arts school with locations in Virginia and Maryland, perform a dragon dance during the halftime of an NBA game between the Washington Wizards and Oklahoma City Thunder. The students performed at the Feb 1 game as part of the NBA's nationwide celebration of Chinese New Year.
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NBA scores with China outreach

The National Basketball Association's (NBA) attempts to increase outreach efforts in China have had immeasurable benefits for the league's relationship with its growing international fan base, according to a head official with NBA China. "This is the third year that the NBA will launch what is in effect a tribute to its largest international fan base," said David Shoemaker, CEO of NBA China.
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NBA games will connect with Chinese New Year

The National Basketball Association (NBA), looking to increase its fan base in China, will stream 23 live NBA broadcasts over eight days timed to coincide with the Chinese New Year. From Jan 28 to Feb 4, millions of fans in China will be able to see games that include teams like the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers.
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New York Rangers’ Goaltending Hitting Its Stride

A 1-0 loss Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings is not the way the team wanted to enter its upcoming road trip, but steady goaltending has been a linchpin in the Rangers' recent success. Though the Rangers are near the middle of the pack when it comes to goals against average, Henrik Lundqvist and backup goaltender Cam Talbot have really set the bar for this team of late.
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New York Rangers Beginning to Find Offensive Groove

A 6-2 record since that road trip has largely put the team's struggles in the rearview mirror, and a key component of that recent success has been the Rangers' offensive turnaround. First and foremost, the Rangers have won six of their last seven games thanks in large part to the ability to create more scoring chances.
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5 Reasons to Love the New York Rangers’ Carl Hagelin

COMMENTARY | A three-game win streak for the New York Rangers has fans a bit more comfortable heading into the second month of the NHL season. Some home cooking was just what Alain Vigneault had in mind for his guys, but a big part of the winning equation has been the play of left wing Carl Hagelin.
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New York Rangers Return to MSG, but No Rest for the Weary

COMMENTARY | Following a 3-2 overtime victory Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings, the New York Rangers finally had a chance to take a collective deep breath. The franchise record nine-game road trip to start the 2013-2014 campaign is finally over and the end could not have come at a better time for the weary road warriors.
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Why getting cut from the Olympics could actually help baseball

It may have been a blow, but being excluded from the Olympics has given the sport time to think.
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Rookie Tandem Spurs New York Rangers' Victory

The focus before the game was the coaching storyline, but by the final buzzer it was clear that the Rangers' rookie goaltender Cam Talbot had turned some heads. Beyond the plot line that has developed between the team's respective head coaches--or lack thereof--this game provided New York fans a prime opportunity to see the team's young talent overwhelm an opponent.
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New York Rangers’ Rick Nash Still Reeling from Concussion

COMMENTARY | The New York Rangers lost left wing Rick Nash during a game against the San Jose Sharks back on Oct. 8 and things have not felt right since. Nash has been sidelined since he took a hit from the Sharks' Brad Stuart, but the real kicker is no one knows the timetable for his return. Nevertheless, hockey fanatics are left scratching their heads as to how the Rangers will cope with the loss of a premier player.
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A Long Goodbye

    One of the more interesting roster moves among Saturday’s cuts from San Francisco 49ers’ camp has gone relatively unnoticed. Some might have given a halfhearted glance at wide receive...
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Jack Freifelder

Sports writing is a passion of mine, but I must admit there's more to life than the box score. If it's a good story, there's got to be a novel way to tell it. To put it bluntly, that's the game we're all in here guys--the business of good storytelling. Whether that means print, video, multimedia, etc., the same premium is placed on engaging, interesting content. The proliferation of different methods of dissemination has not only augmented the ways in which people access stories, but it has also challenged the accepted notion of what qualifies as journalism. That being said the same principles reign supreme: clear, concise writing, well-developed ideas and thorough reporting. Let's bring journalism back to what it used to be.