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TIPS ON BEING UNBIASED IN SPORTS BROADCASTING

- Connecticut School of Broadcasting
Oct 18, 2013

A career in sports broadcasting is an excellent choice for anyone with enthusiasm and knowledge of one or more sports.

One of the many differences between an everyday sports broadcaster and a professional broadcaster is in the ability to remain neutral. Being a professional means that you provide unbiased coverage of the game or sport.

Fans wanted

Being a sports fan is critical to a successful sports broadcasting career. However, there is a difference in a fan and a fanatic. Being a fan of a team or player is fine, broadcasters must offer even or unbiased coverage. No matter how much you love your hometown team, give equal coverage to both sides. Cover both players in a match as evenly as possible. The fans listening to you are diverse; your coverage needs to be as well.

Commentary

A good sports broadcaster provides interesting commentary without interrupting major plays in the game. You commentary needs to remain relatively neutral. Stating that a player fumbled the ball or missed the shot is part of commentary. Berating the player or belittling the skills will alienate fans and possibly the player. As a broadcaster, you may be offered the opportunity to interview a sports figure. If you have offended them, you have lost a great opportunity.

Excitement matters

While a sports broadcaster needs to show some excitement to keep viewers or listeners engaged, you do not have to go over the top in enthusiasm. One of the famous broadcasters from the late 1950s to 1980s was Howard Cosell. His method of broadcasting was often monotone and fans either hated him or loved him, but they listened to him.

As a sports fan, pay attention to the sports broadcasters you like the best. Listen to them and watch how they provide sports coverage. You can also research which broadcasters are considered the best and worst to analyze their style. Just remember that the person providing the reviews may have biases of their own.

Learn more about hands-on training as a professional sports broadcaster.

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