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Sports Commentator
“They tell it like it was. ”
Broadcast presenters work in radio and TV to inform and entertain the sports audience.
Average Pay: $50,600    Qualifications: BS Degree, Internship
The Job
Sports commentators must succinctly and passionately convey the excitement of a sporting event to their viewers or listeners in an unbiased way. They must use just the right words to make the audience feel as if they are present at the actual event.
Work Environment
TV and radio news rooms and on location at various sports events. On the field, in the locker room, at the winners circle.
College Majors
Broadcast Journalism
Minimum Qualifications
Having a bachelor's degree isn't enough to be considered for a job; wannabe sports commentators need experience that can only be gained through an internship. These are usually work-for-free arrangements in which college students do whatever is needed to help a sportscast come together -- shooting v
Personality traits helpful for this career
Talkative, great communicator, inquisitive,out going.
Quick Facts
  • No two days are the same
Compensation and Outlook
According to the Radio-Television News Directors Association & Foundation, the average sports reporter makes around $32,000 annually, while sports anchors (who get more face time) have an average yearly salary of $50,600. Like most media positions, the "rock stars", commentators for the major networks can make annual salaries that exceed $1 million, and they're often household names in the homes of fans, however salaries can be as low as $15,000 in typical starter markets, which include relativ
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