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Television Sports Production, 5th Edition by Jim Owens

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Chapter 14Sports Announcing

Sport should be fun, and I want viewers to share in the enjoyment I get from the games. But I also owe it to those same viewers to be thoroughly prepared and to know what I am talking about.

Chris Berman, Commentator, ESPN

This chapter is not meant to be a primer for those interested in being professional sports commentators (talent). Instead, it is meant to help the production crew understand the talent’s role and responsibilities.

Figure 14.1 Former athletes are often chosen for the role of analyst since an in-depth knowledge of the sport is required. The commentator on the left is gold medalist Apollo Ono, commentating at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Figure 14.1 Former athletes are often chosen for the role of analyst since an in-depth knowledge of the sport is required. The commentator on the left is gold medalist Apollo Ono, commentating ...

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