Sports analyst

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A sports analyst is a person working as a sportscaster, color commentator and/or journalist reporting on sports. A sports analyst typically works for a media company that follows sports and their historical and current events and statistics. Such media companies include ESPN, CBS, TNT, and ABC.

A sports analyst may perform different jobs within the field and may even hold more than one position at once. A sports journalist reports to the public in the form of writing and includes information about sporting topics, events, and competitions. A sports commentator and sportscaster give play by play details of a specific sporting event and game. They also relay information necessary in order to understand the context of that specific sport.[1] Sports commentator examples include Joe Buck, Brent Musburger, and Max Kellerman.

Sports analysts are typically former athletes and coaches from their respective sports. There are times where a sports analyst will cover a sport even though they have not played that sport previously. An example is Brad Daugherty, who played professional basketball but covers NASCAR Racing.

A sports analyst's education may include a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Sports Communication, and a Master's programs with concentrations in sports reporting. Common courses include News reporting, media ethics, sports psychology and magazine writing.[2]

The number of sports analyst jobs is predicted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to decrease by 9% between 2014 and 2024.[2]


  1. ^ Levinson, Chelsea. "What Are the Responsibilities of a Sports Analyst?". Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Sports Analyst Degrees". Retrieved 13 June 2019.