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