Help! 3 strategies for When You Can’t See the Jersey Numbers

Years ago, I broadcast a high school football game in the worst conditions imaginable for a broadcaster.

Dense, impossible to see through fog.

At kickoff, the fog was hanging threateningly low over the field. By the second half, I couldn’t see fans sitting five rows in front of the press box, much less the field or even the sidelines.
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3 Tips for Play-by-Play Broadcast Prep on Short Notice

When the Washington State University baseball team traveled to San Diego years ago, a family obligation prevented their broadcaster from making the trip. Two days before the series opener, I was asked to fill-in.

I was torn. A chance to do DI baseball was exhilarating. On the flip side, I worried about my ability to do my best with so little time to prepare.

Here are three tips for preparing for a play-by-play broadcast on short notice.
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Why are DII Play-by-Play Jobs So Hard to Find?

Have you ever lost your car keys? You know they are somewhere in the house, yet you can’t find them.

Finding NCAA Division II play-by-play jobs can be similarly frustrating.

Aspiring NFL and major college play-by-play broadcasters often see DII as a step towards their goal. Finding those jobs, though, is hard.
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What’s better to wear on TV – coat and tie or polo?

In 2003, I was doing play-by-play and sideline reporting for a startup TV network called The Football Network. It was all football all the time, before the NFL Network.

The first several broadcasts we did we wore coats and ties. About a month later, management gave us polo shirts with the company logo and asked us to wear them for our next broadcast. Ironically, the game was in my hometown of San Diego.
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4 Practical Keys to Getting a Better Baseball Job

Each spring, many baseball broadcasters lament returning to the same positions they held the previous season versus moving up the minor league ladder.

Sometimes, it’s a numbers game. Many broadcasters; Few opportunities. Other times it’s because the person didn’t do all they could to increase their chance for promotion.

Here are four things you can do this baseball season to help you move up next summer.
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Advice for broadcasting a new sport

In the last three years, I’ve been fortunate enough to pick up play-by-play for three brand new sports (volleyball, soccer and distance running – a half-marathon). I used different approaches for all three.
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