From what I’ve seen, sports blogs can be seperated into different categories.
1. The fan blog – Exactly what it sounds like, but with no affiliation with any major sports networks or sites.
2. The MSM blog – Blogs hosted by mainstream media networks such as TSN, Sportsnet, The Score or Edmonton Journal etc. Blog writers are employees of the major network.
3. Network Blogs – This is when fan blogs join a network of other blogs. This would include SB Nation, The Nation Network. Blogs that started small and grew to join a network of other blogs.