I have a question about the usage of the preposition "on" here:

His six touchdowns on the season lead the team and Smith's 446 yards receiving are second most on the Ravens.

I cannot find a dictionary definition that would fit this usage of "on". Could this usage be sports jargon? Would using "for" be better for laymen?


This is a very common construction in American sports talk. I rarely hear it outside that realm, so yes - sports jargon. It means "during," and is used only with "season" or "year." Shooting sixty percent on the season. Averaging two and a half hits per game on the year

For other time periods (career, playoffs, tournament, post-season, game, half, etc) during, in, or for are used. "Four touchdowns in the post-season" or "four touchdowns for the game." "He was injured 8 times during his career." )


I would say it is on sense 6:

6) at or during the time of ⇒ "on entering, on the first day"

I think this is a pretty standard usage (AmE).

  • BrE would have said 'for', even in sports commentary. – gone fishin' again. Nov 10 '14 at 19:42
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    AmE says "for" as well, though "on" is not at all uncommon. – Jason Patterson Nov 10 '14 at 19:55

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