i don't write anymore, I just lost enjoyment for doing it, too many deadlines being imposed at short notice, not actually being able to watch the event fully because I'm writing whilst watching, far too much analysis of something that's supposed to be a shut off from the stress of work. It all killed it for me.
I got into it through a friend who'd help set up a sports site, he's always been into sports journalism, had studied it at uni, his route in being a British NFL writer. He did a few years of free writing for American sites, giving the British view, before finally getting picked up by people like Sky/CNN when the Wembley games started to become more of a thing. Outside of that the paid gigs for him were few and far between, and he never really made money off the site, nor did the site ever really make any money itself (i might get the odd paid thing once in a blue moon, never more than £100 a piece) until gfinity bought it out because it'd developed a niche in e-sports coverage.