S: The Evolution of Sports Broadcast Television: Sportscasters
1: Keith Jackson | In 1970, he was chosen to be the first play-by-play commentator for Monday Night Football. ABC even called him the "Voice of College Football"
2: A quote from Mr. Jackson summarizes the goal of a play-by-play commentator, "Amplify, Clarify and Punctuate and let the viewer draw his or her own conclusion."
3: Play-by-Play Commentating: | Play-by-play commentators report the details of the action of the game as it unfolds. | Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets, September 21, 1970 The game mentioned above made Keith Jackson known as "The Play-by-Play Man" in Monday Night Football.
4: GAyle Gardner | A pioneer for women in the sports casting field, Gayle Gardner was the first female sports anchor to appear weekly on a major network.
5: She was the first woman to play-by-play commentate a Major League Baseball game as well as commentate a college football bowl game.
6: Ron Jaworski
7: Originally a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and 1980 NFL MVP, Ron Jaworski is now a sports analyst for ESPN. | Through his playing experience, Jaworski became an expert on the game. Now, he shares his knowledge with the viewers at home.
8: Sports Analysts | In sports broadcasting, a sports analyst provides expert discussion of sports-related topics before, during or after a sporting event. A sports analyst is different from a sports commentator in that sports commentators provide a running commentary regarding a sporting event while the event is taking place, whereas sports analysts usually provide commentary about sporting events which have yet to take place or which have already concluded. | Lee Corso | Boomer Esiason
9: John Madden
10: John Madden, a legendary sportscaster, is one of the most influential people in sports broadcast television.
11: Expert Commentating | Tony Dungy | Mickey Redmond | Chris Collinsworth | Expert commentators are defined as such because they have previous experience within the sport. For example, Tony Dungy was an NFL coach, Mickey Redmond was an NHL hockey player, and Chris Collinsworth was an NFL wide receiver.
12: His experience as an NFL coach and player has truly made him an expert in the field of sportscasting. John Madden is well known for being able to explain football plays and strategy to even the unexperienced viewer.
13: 1970s | Present | Play-by-Play Commentating | Women as Sportscasters | Sports Analysis | Expert Commentating