5 tips to take your play-by-play from good to great


Play-by-play broadcasters all have access to information about fundamentals – time and score, ball location, etc. What sets apart great broadcasters is discovering and implementing advice that isn’t available to the masses. A great way to do that is to ask industry pros to critique your work.

great play-by-play

Many sportscasters have shared with me critiques they have received from some of the top play-by-play broadcasters in the industry. Today, I want to share them with you.

Here are 5 tips to take your play-by-play from good to great:
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Three reasons you should be applying early


One time, I was working with a radio station owner to find a new sports director. The application instructions provided a two-week window in which folks could apply. On the second day, an application came in that blew away the employer. That applicant was hired before the two-week application window had even expired.

applying early

There is an advantage to being among the first to apply for a job.

Here are three reasons to submit your application early:
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Dreaming of a 6-figure sportscasting salary?


A sportscaster friend of mine was telling me that when he graduated college ten years ago, he envisioned earning a six-figure salary that would allow him to own a big house, drive a nice sports car, travel to exotic island destinations at least every other year and allow his wife to not work.

sportscasting salary

Today, he’s earning close to the six-figure sportscasting salary he desired. His home, while not as large as he would like, is modest and comfortable. Both of the family cars are sedans with over 100,000 miles. The last family vacation they took was to Six Flags America three years ago, and his wife works full-time.

He’s happy. He’s comfortable and he’s grateful for his sports broadcasting career. He just wishes he knew at 22 what he knows at 32 so his expectations would have been more reasonable.
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4 things you can do to beat your competition


Recently, I heard from a young guy who is doing high school and small college play-by-play. He aspires to one day be the voice of a pro team but he’s concerned with the amount of competition job market competition.

beat your sportscasting competition

“I am really dedicated to becoming a pro broadcaster, but it’s a bit intimidating to hear how many people are applying to jobs nowadays,” he shared with me. “I get a bit anxious.”

Totally understandable and not at all uncommon. Keep in mind, though, that you control your future. Despite your concern, keep taking steps towards your goals. Productivity decreases anxiety.
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Ready to quit on your sportscasting goals?


A sportscaster friend of mine recently shared his grand plan with me to launch a podcast.

He couldn’t have been more fired up. He was going to build a program that would draw tens of thousands of listeners each week, earn thousands of dollars of advertising and catapult him to a sports talk radio career. His enthusiasm was contagious. He had me really believing he was going to do it.

sportscasting goals

One month later, he quit. Only a handful of people had checked out his podcast. None of them listened for more than a few minutes and he wasn’t able to sell any advertising.

You can’t give birth to an adult. Whatever your sportscasting career goals, they aren’t going to happen overnight.
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