A GREAT Sports Announcer (Pathos and Ethos)

A sports announcer publicly addresses the details of a sports game ranging from high school football games to World Series baseball games.  But, what makes a sports announcer famous?  How does a sport announcer go from being an announcer for a high school sports game to a national sports game?  To answer this question I did research of my own.  The following two website addresses give details as to the different abilities and knowledge for an individual to require for such a position, and gives explanations as to what separates an announcer from a great announcer.  In order for a sports announcer to be a GREAT sports announcer, he or she, has to require a great skill in ethos and pathos.

http://www.schoolsintheusa.com/careerprofiles_details.cfm?carid=1062

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-do-i-become-a-baseball-announcer.htm

Ethos (credibility)

Credibility for a sportscaster is very important.  To earn credibility, he or she needs to be very knowledgeable about the sport.  Usually before a game a sportscasters have to renew his or her knowledge on the different players by taking their time to do research on the players in order to become very familiar about their history and other prior games related to the two teams.  This allows them to make accurate and reliable commentary according to their knowledge of the game and the connection to the players or teams.  Maybe even after missing a game, fans still rely on broadcasters’ commentaries by tuning in to get great detail as to what occurred.  Fans, overtime, gains broadcasters’ trust as they fully rely on their commentary of opinions and suggestions.  If anything a Fan (capital F for fan is usually used to emphasize the level of knowledge and obsession with a particular media) can be the most critical of a broadcaster because it is up to him or her to listen to them and can discontinue their “participation” if a particular broadcaster is now knowledgeable about sports strategies, rules, and accurate statistics.

Pathos (Emotion)

While watching a sports game, it is the announcer who contributes to controlling the emotions of the fans.  An announcer’s voice of “rising and falling” reflects what just occurred in a sports game.  Before televisions were invented, many people relied or the announcers on the radios to expressed their reactions of excitement, disappointment, or their complete surprise.  The delivery of broadcasting is very important in relaying the messages to the fans in order to create the stigma that triggers their emotions after a play or a call from a referee.

-Katelyn

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