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The Case for Tim McCarver (30 Years Ago)


After the World Series, Tim McCarver will retire from broadcasting. Was he ever any good? Yes, believe it or not.

Eric Wynalda On Honesty In Sports Media


Wynalda was an outspoken player who has transitioned into an outspoken member of the media. Could Keller's path be similar?

Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller Form Two Man Booth For Sounders Broadcasts


Get to know the new voice of the Sounders.


A *satirical* critique of Weeks 1-2 and a major problem...

...the damn announcers. Seriously, how long do we have to deal with the bush league announcing? Bear with me people and I'm going to give my in-depth scientific* break down of Seahawks season so...

WSJ: Talking Basketball, in Spanish, Is Definitely No Slam Dunk


MIAMI—Broadcasters covering the NBA finals for Spanish-speaking fans from different parts of the world do it from a Tower of Babel where a dunk is not a dunk, but the play-by-play guys disagree about just what to call it. As the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks vie on the basketball court for the championship title, two of their broadcasters are duking it out with each other. "Some say donquear. That'd be Spanglish," says José Pañeda, the announcer calling the play on Miami's WQBA-AM radio. But donquear doesn't work in Argentina, where dunk is volcada, he says. In Spain, it's mate, which literally means "the kill," as when a matador administers the lethal thrust in a bullfight. None of those terms work for Victor Villalba, radio KFLC's Latino basketball jock, who is handling the finals this week for the Dallas Mavericks. Spanglish, a mixture of Spanish and English, makes his Texas audience uneasy, says the 51-year-old broadcaster. So for the word dunk, he prefers clavada, which comes from clavo, the noun for "nail." Messrs. Pañeda and Villalba are just two of the broadcasters who are confronting the vagaries of Basketball Spanish for an immigrant audience increasingly interested in the game. Basketball in English is already tricky, full of arcane terms like "cross-over dribble," "tomahawk dunk" and "alley oop pass." In Spanish, the challenge is magnified because listeners to Spanish broadcasts hail from or live on three different continents where language and dialects vary. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304906004576369841345801116.html

Changes to the UFC Broadcasting and Production Style: What Could be Better?


Should the UFC change some of their broadcasting and production? A look at some things that could enhance the viewing experience.

Michael Schiavello Eschews Objectivity in Professional MMA Commentary


Veteran kickboxing and mixed martial arts play-by-play commentator argues that makes a good commentator is first being a fan of the sport. He eschews objectivity.

Michelle Kwan Will Be Broadcasting at Worlds


Per Lifeskate, Michelle Kwan will be assuming broadcasting duties at the World Championships in Los Angeles at the end of March. I don't think I've ever heard her do anything like that before so...

Nagasu Will Be Broadcasting at Worlds


Former U.S. National Champion Mirai Nagasu, who pulled out of the junior world championships to rest her ankle injury, will be doing interviews at the senior world championships for Japan's Fuji...

Building A Cubs Champion: "The Chicago Cubs Are On The Air!"

That's the signature phrase Vince Lloyd used to use when introducing WGN radio broadcasts, for more than 20 years from the mid-1960's through the mid-1980's. This post is going to be far shorter...

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