Who are you and what do you do at theScore?
My name is David P. Woods and I’m one of the Supervising Editors here at theScore. Most of the time this means I oversee day-to-day news coverage but I have a special emphasis on events such as the Olympics and the World Cup.
How long have you been at theScore?
I have been at theScore for five years and in this role for a year. Before this I was the NFL Senior Editor and produced news coverage, feature pieces and fantasy football content. Every now and then I will still do a bit of this.
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Describe the culture of theScore in one word.
Fast-paced. Everything is minute to minute on the news desk. We try to make the alerts as fast and as accurate as possible. Sports never stops or slows down and we try to keep up to it with all-day, real-time coverage. I love the pace. There’s an endless stream of exciting sports highlights and news.
What was the main thing that drew you to working at theScore?
Sports. I’m an enormous sports fan, especially of the NFL. I love being connected to the 24-hour churn of sports so to come here where everybody else was doing the same thing was perfect. I intentionally spent a few years preparing myself to become the perfect candidate for a role here.
What do you most look forward to as theScore continues to develop, both in the immediate future and long term?
Innovating as the industry changes. theScore is an agile company that can change on short notice. The sports industry is rapidly evolving and I have a particular interest in the tech side of sports. We are trying to offer a better service of sports information to our users as everything moves away from traditional media to new forms of media. Sports betting is also very exciting.
What’s the best “perk” of working for theScore?
I essentially work with a bunch of sports buddies. My work here is what would be water cooler talk at pretty much any other job. Your job here is to figure out what is happening in sports right now, which is something I would be doing anyway.
What qualities does a person need to work at theScore?
You have to be extremely passionate, almost obsessed, with sports. It’s your lifestyle. You live and breathe sports. We should be the best users of our own app. If you are coming in new here you already want to be living that lifestyle. Flexibility and energy are also important. If you have these, there’s plenty of opportunity here at theScore.
Do you follow any particular sports/esports/team?
Every sport, that’s the nature of the job. My favorite sports though are NFL and soccer. When special events like the World Cup and the Olympics are on they are everything but otherwise, year-to-year it’s NFL that I’m most focused on.
What are your favorite apps other than theScore?
Twitter. It’s absolutely indispensable to media and news junkies. Instagram would probably be in there. Reddit Boost. It’s the best Reddit app and I won’t accept any other answers.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
“Best idea wins.” You must check your ego. You have to be quick and accurate on the news team so you have to set roles and hierarchy aside and just recognize who has the best idea. It doesn’t matter who in the chain of command this idea comes from.
What is the one thing on your bucket list that you haven’t achieved yet?
I want to be there to see Canada score a goal in the World Cup. So far Canada has only been in the 1986 World Cup and we didn’t score a goal. With the announcement that we will be co-hosting in 2026, maybe this could happen at home. I want to be in the stadium when Canada scores their first goal. Ideally, I would like to see them advance out of the group stage, but for now we’ll take it one step at a time.
David speaking to Fenner Dalley.
Photo by Fenner Dalley