The Jim Nantz Award winner will receive the Jim Nantz Trophy, one year of STAA’s Premier Membership services, and accommodations and admission to the 2020 National Sports Media Association Awards weekend June 27th, 28th and 29th in Winston-Salem, NC.

The next five highest ranked individuals will be named STAA All-Americans. Each will receive three free months of STAA’s Premier Membership services, a certificate of achievement, and the prestige and exposure that come with being recognized by STAA as one of the nation’s top young sports broadcasters.

The 2020 award winner will be announced Friday, May 29th. The trophy will be presented at the NSMA’s awards banquet on Monday, June 29th.

Application Period

Applications will be accepted from April 3rd thru 8 pm Eastern Time on April 17th, 2020.

Who is Eligible

Applicants must be enrolled in a two year or four year college or university, as of February 1, 2020. Sportscasters do not have to be an STAA member to be eligible. Non-STAA members are strongly encourage to submit their work and are promised to earn equal consideration. Former Jim Nantz Award winners are not eligible.

What to Submit

Applications must include at least TWO of the following radio and/or TV sports broadcasting skills:

  • Football, basketball, baseball, softball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse or volleyball play-by-play
  • Sports update anchoring (radio)
  • Studio anchoring (TV)
  • Reporting
  • Interviewing
  • Sports talk show hosting or podcasting

Limit one mp3 and/or one video per applicant. Applications are to include no more than 20 total minutes of audio and/or video. We don’t need to see everything you do, just the best you do.

How to Apply

  1. Upload one mp3 and/or one video file, as explained above, to the Internet (website, SoundCloud, DropBox, YouTube, Vimeo, etc).
  2. Click here to submit your demos and information.

Additional Instructions

  • Play-by-play samples should be at least six continuous, unedited minutes for each sport. DO NOT SEND HIGHLIGHTS.
  • Do not submit multiple play-by-play samples of the same sport.
  • Do not submit dramatic late game play-by-play sequences.
  • Sports talk samples should be at least six minutes and must not include more than one co-host.
  • Interviews should be in their entirety, not just your questions.

The Judging

All-Americans are selected by the staff at STAA and a rotating panel of other industry professionals. Evaluations are based upon a variety of fundamentals, and ultimately, entertainment value. Over the years, judges have included Tom Boman, Learfield Sports Broadcast Manager; Mark Boyle, Indiana Pacers; Wes Durham, Atlanta Falcons & Georgia Tech University; Chris Ferris, VP-Broadcast Division IMG, Paul Keels, Cincinnati Reds & Ohio State University; Bob Licht, New Orleans Hornets; and Bill Roth, Virginia Tech University.

Like many rankings, the STAA Top 20 is subjective. Unlike college football or basketball rankings, we don’t have won-loss records and strength of schedule comparisons to make our evaluations any easier. Anyone who was not evaluated as favorably as they would have hoped should not be discouraged in any way. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I receive a critique of my application?
A: Critiques of submitted work are available at cost.

Q: What is a “continuous” sample of play-by-play?
A: Continuous means unedited. Do, however, remove commercial breaks.

Q: I applied last year. Do I need to re-submit audio and/or video?
A: It would most certainly be wise to submit new material. It is logical that you are a better sports broadcaster today than last year.

Q: I am presently on the Watch List for the current year’s STAA All-America program. Do I still need to submit material?
A: Yes.

Q: Will only candidates on the “pre-season” Watch List be considered for the Nantz Trophy and All-America consideration?
A: Not at all. We fully anticipate meeting many collegiate sportscasters for the first time who will be more than worthy of consideration for these awards.

Q: Does the audio and/or video we submit have to be from our university?
A: It does not. While the audio/video can be from broadcasts aired on your campus radio station, it can also be high school games, minor league sports, podcasts and even samples you simply record on your home computer.

Q: I am graduating in December. Am I still eligible?
A: No. Candidates must be current college students. Candidates must be enrolled in college as of February 1st of the award year.