A sportscaster watches a game as it is occurring and provides commentary of what is going on. Strong knowledge of the rules of the sport being viewed is essential. Some sportcasters start out as athletes. During downtimes of the game, the sportcaster may voice statistics or comments regarding different players.
In some cases, the sportscaster may work on a team of sportscasters, where duties are divided or shared. For example, one may provide commentary, while the other might provide background information on players and occurrences within the team or league. Sometimes, it is necessary to communicate with reporters and anchors. Often, a good balance between different sportcasters, anchors, and reporters is needed, so good communication and teamwork skills are important. The sportcaster’s commentary may be broadcast via radio, television, or streaming services on the internet.
Strong verbal skills are necessary, as this job requires speaking quickly but in a coherent manner. The job requires someone who has the ability to work well under stress as it is very fast-paced, and it is sometimes necessary to speak over the sounds of the crowd. To become a sportscaster, formal training is not usually necessary, though demonstration of skill will be needed. Skills for a sportcaster may be obtained through a training program or apprenticeship.
Provide expert analysis, statistics, and background information.
Give a running commentary of a game or sporting event in real time.