Loss of sports broadcaster impacts entire community
They are on our televisions and our radios; however: the face behind the voice commonly goes unnoticed.
On Jan.4, the world of sportscasters lost a legend in Stuart Scott, at the age of 49.
Scott was a very well respected member of the sports world and, no matter what struggle he faced, Scott always approached every struggle with a positive mindset as shown in his speech at the ESPYS in 2014.
It took a tragedy in Scott’s death to open the eyes of the world and realize the importance of a sportscaster.
“I always just thought they announced games, I never realized how much work they actually put in day in and day out,” Brett Lepley (12) said.
According to CFNC.com, when watching a televised event, there are two types of broadcasters: a play-by-play analyst and a color commentator.
The play-by-play commentator, obviously, gives live play-by-play of the event, while the color commentator fills in gaps during the event, as well as provides commentary for pregame, postgame and intermission shows.
A sportscaster’s day can start as early as 7 a.m. and end as late as 1 a.m. depending on what they are covering.
Sportscasters spend just as much time, if not more, preparing for things including interviews, injury reports and pregame story lines then they do actually on the air.
“When I heard that Stuart had passed, it made my heart sink, he was the face of ESPN for as long as I can remember. It really opens our eyes on the legacy these people leave not only on the screen, but behind the scenes,” administrative intern, Brandon Cobb said.
The sports broadcasting business is not all fun and games and it is not just commentating sporting events on a daily or weekly basis.
The business includes long stressful hours just like any other job, however, that is what we do not see.
Scott’s death was tragic, however, his legacy will live on forever; hopefully giving us a greater appreciation for the sports broadcasting business.