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Sports Broadcasters and Announcers


Sports broadcasters, or sportscasters, for radio and television stations select, write, and deliver footage of current sports news for the sports segment of radio and television news broadcasts or for specific sports events, channels, or shows. They may provide pre- and postgame coverage of sports events, including interviews with coaches and athletes, as well as play-by-play coverage during the game or event.

Sports announcers are the official voices of the teams. At home games it is the sports announcer who makes pre-game announcements, introduces the players in the starting lineups, and keeps the spectators in the stadium or arena abreast of the details of the game by announcing such things as fouls, substitutions, and goals, and who is making them. There are 48,700 announcers employed in the U.S., according to the Department of Labor.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training




Personality Traits




Career Ladder
Sports Broadcaster or Announcer in a Large Media Market

Sports Broadcaster or Announcer in a Medium-Sized Media Market

Sports Broadcaster or Announcer in a Small Media Market

Sports Copywriter

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