Sports Broadcasters and Announcers

Sports broadcasters, or sportscasters, for radio and television stations select, write, and deliver footage of current sports news for the sports segment of radio and television news broadcasts or for specific sports events, channels, or shows. They may provide pre- and postgame coverage of sports events, including interviews with coaches and athletes, as well as play-by-play coverage during the game or event.

Sports announcers are the official voices of the teams. At home games it is the sports announcer who makes pre-game announcements, introduces the players in the starting lineups, and keeps the spectators in the stadium or arena abreast of the details of the game by announcing such things as fouls, substitutions, and goals, and who is making them.


Quick Facts
Duties Provide coverage of sporting events for the sports segment of radio and television news broadcasts or for specific sports events, channels, or shows (broadcasters); make announcements during live sporting events (announcers)
Alternate Title(s) Baseball Announcers, Sportscasters
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Speech
Experience Several years' announcing and/or broadcasting experience needed
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Public Speaking
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Outgoing
  • Talkative
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Sports Broadcaster or Announcer in a Large Media Market
  • Sports Broadcaster or Announcer in a Medium-Sized Media Market
  • Sports Broadcaster or Announcer in a Small Media Market
  • Sports Copywriter

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