Issue #13 – The Sportscaster Requirements

To be an experienced sportscaster, you need to get a college degree in broadcasting, journalism, and TV Production to do those skills.

Plus, it would need relevant work experience, including internships or college TV stations between a few months to two years. Also, you have to get a few years of experience as a video editor or a production assistant. Plus, he or she needs some writing experience to get the job, plus there’s the fun stuff like experience shooting video like b-roll, live action, and a few stand ups in between. Also, you need some non-linear editing knowledge like a final cut pro, Avid and Quantel. Plus you need a demo reel, which is a compilation of on air work to show the prospective employers. Finally, when the job is completed, you now move on.

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Now here are some of the sportscasters who got the experience. First the great Howard Cosell. He was a broadcaster who worked for Roone Arledge’s ABC Sports for four decades, from the late 50’s to the mid 80’s. He was famously known as the host for Monday Night Football from 1970 to 1984, He was also host of a two minute daily sports show on ABC Radio called “Speaking of Sports”, from 1961 to 1992. He also hosted ABC’s Sportsbeat from 1981 to 1986. Plus he also achieved numerous awards like an Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Sports Programming in 1974, plus won a President Reagan Media award in 1984. Plus in 1993, he was awarded in the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame and National Sportscasters (NSSA) Hall of Fame. In 1995, after his death, he won a ESPY Award recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award (by cable network ESPN) and also won a Sports Emmy Lifetime Achievement award by the National Academy of Television, Arts, and Sciences (NATAS). In 1996, he won the Broadcasting  and Cable Award and in 2007, he was inducted in to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in New York. Cosell was also an avid writer and wrote four books in Cosell (1973), Like It Is (1974), I Never Played the Game (1985), and What’s Wrong With Sports (1991).

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Next is John Madden, who is a football announcer, has been the Dick Clark of Sports broadcasting, and worked for four networks. He was first a college and NFL player, and later coached for the Oakland Raiders from 1969-1979 and won one Super Bowl title in 1976. But after he left coaching in 1979, he turned over to broadcasting, for what he had been doing for the next 30 years. First he was an analyst for CBS NFL regional coverage in 1980, then he was teamed up with partner Pat Summerall, first on CBS, and after that, to Fox Sports, from 1981-2001. He moved over to ABC’s Monday Night Football, where he Al Michael’s partner from 2002-05, when Monday Night Football was cancelled after 35 years on ABC and moved over to ESPN, Madden teamed with Michaels again on NBC’s Football Night in America, where he was his partner and analyst. Then, he retired from broadcasting in 2009. He is an author of several books, has appeared in certain commercials such as the spokesman of Ace Hardware and Rent-A-Center, among others. He as an All-Madden team, which consists of all stars in the NFL, and has been involved in video games with EA sports since 1988.

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Finally, there’s Bob Costas, where he has worked for NBC Sports since 1980 and HBO since 2000. At 61 years old, he’s also a replacement to the late Dick Clark as the oldest teenager in America, with his boyish looks.

First, he started his career in St. Louis for radio station KMOX as an ABA announcer from 1974 to 1976. Next, he worked for CBS Sports, as a regional NFL announcer from 1976 to 1979, and in 1980 he moved over to NBC Sports, where he’s been working for the last 33 years.

He has been announcing for the NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, PGA Golf, the Kentucky Derby, The Olympics (since 1988), etc.

He’s also a very controversial talk show host as well. He hosted a late night talk show called “Later With Bob Costas” and ran from 1988-94. Also he did some radio work and ran a weekly show called “Costas Coast to Coast” from 1986-96 and “Costas On the Radio” from 2006-09.

Most importantly, he was also against George W. Bush’s presidency, and he also did some remarks on gun control, after football player Jovan Belcher was killed in November 2012. On Dec. 2, 2012, Costas made some remarks at halftime on a Sunday Night Football broadcast addressing gun control and what should be done to future players like Belcher and it happened 2 weeks before the Newtown school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Finally, he’s won a lot of awards through his achievements. He’s won more NSSA awards than any other sportscaster in history (8 times, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997 & 2000). Plus he won four Sportscaster of the Year awards and 20 sports Emmy awards for outstanding sports announcing. He won the TV Guide award in 2000 for being it’s famous sportscaster. Finally, he  wrote a book in 2000 called, “Fair Ball: A Fan’s Case For Baseball”, since he has been devoted to the game for most of his life and what changes the game has brought today.

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