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Martinez Shares The Secrets To His Broadcasting Success

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Buck Martinez has experienced all sides of America’s favourite pastime over his almost 50-year career. In his new book, Change Up: How to Make the Great Game of Baseball Even Better, Martinez details his plan for a brighter MLB future. Here, he shares some of the secrets to his success, including why it’s easy to be the hotshot – in hindsight.

You can’t Google emotion

Being a sports announcer has changed so much since I started, with all of the information that’s available online and everyone having their say on social media. It means that, in my position, you have to work harder to bring something else to the conversation – to tell people something that they can’t just get from a Google search. You do that through research, by talking to the coaches and the players and by figuring out how to tell a story that’s bigger than the numbers. In 1995, I was announcing the game in which Cal Ripken Jr. beat Lou Gehrig’s record for most consecutive games played. Instead of going over the same stuff that everyone already knew, I talked about Ripken’s relationship with his father, Cal Ripken Sr., who had been such an influential figure in his son’s career. I talked about what the day would mean for Ripken senior and how baseball is a game of fathers and sons and mothers and sons and generations. People respond to emotional narratives – that’s one thing that doesn’t change.

Know it, don’t show it

One of the secrets to being a good interviewer is knowing enough to get the person you are interviewing to say what you want them to say. So often, people in my position will feel the need to share all of this information with the audience, but the reality is that nobody wants to hear from me on why Jose Bautista’s game has improved, they want to hear it from him. So you kind of set things up and then you hang back. It’s not often that I hear something that I didn’t know already, but that’s not the point. It’s my job to know all of these things, but it’s also my job to make sure that the audience hears the information from the right person.

Some naturals are made, not born

It was my wife who suggested that I take some acting lessons and speech lessons early on in my career as an announcer. I learned all kinds of things about how you finish your words, how to speak from your diaphragm. I don’t think voice training is necessarily something that a lot of people in my field have done, but I really think that that has been my path to success in life: I was never the most talented person on the field, but I was always willing to do the work, to go that little ways extra.

To read more visit the Toronto Globe and Mail where this article was originally published

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Notre Dame AD: NBC Deal With Big Ten is “Perfect” For Irish

“But it’s also perfect for Notre Dame,” Swarbrick said.

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Jack Swarbrick

While not official, there has been strong reporting that the Big Ten conference has decided which broadcast entities would be awarded media rights for their football and basketball games. One of those partners appears to be NBC who also has a partnership with Notre Dame thru 2025.

On Wedneday, Notre Dame’s Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick held a live chat for the school’s alumni association. On that chat, the subject of the recent Big Ten media rights deal came up. He praised Commissioner Kevin Warren and called the Big Ten’s strategy brilliant and added that it’s great for college football because it gives networks inventory and now an incentive to produce around it. He also said when the value of the deals was announced, it’d be “pretty amazing” for the conference.

He then discussed how it fit with Notre Dame’s outlook on television media rights.

“But it’s also perfect for Notre Dame,” Swarbrick said. “We need NBC to have more college football to more effectively promote our games and to talk about our games and to have NBC be seen in that light. So that was great for us that they got a big piece of this.”

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Louis Riddick Signs Contract Extension With ESPN

He will be on the network’s Thursday night college football package.

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Football analyst Louis Riddick has signed a new extension to continue his career with ESPN.

The network made the announcement on Wednesday when announcing their broadcast teams for the 2022 college football season. In that release, it was revealed that Riddick would be returning to the college football booth for the first time since 2019.

He will be on the network’s Thursday night college football package and be partnered with play-by-play commentator Matt Barrie and Harry Lyles Jr.

It was announced earlier this summer that Riddick would also be in the booth for ESPN’s preseason NFL action. He’ll also be in the booth for three weeks that ESPN has multiple games in that week.

Riddick’s first college football game assignment will be the Backyard Brawl game between West Virginia and Pittsburgh and the latter has already noted their excitement.

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ESPN Adds Aaron Murray, Re-Signs Beth Mowins For College Football Coverage

Mowins provides play-by-play on college basketball and softball, and has been the Voice of the Women’s College World Series for more than two decades.

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ESPN announced the hiring of Aaron Murray to its analyst roster.

Murray, a former quarterback at Georgia and most recently an analyst with CBS Sports Network, will call a handful of games on the SEC Network. He’ll also appear on some of the network’s studio programming.

ESPN also announced the re-signing of play-by-play commentator Beth Mowins to a multi-year deal. In addition to football, Mowins provides play-by-play on college basketball and softball, and has been the Voice of the Women’s College World Series for more than two decades.

ESPN announced the broadcast crews for its college football coverage as well.

Game/NetworkCommentators
ABC Saturday Night FootballChris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe
ESPN Saturday Night PrimetimeSean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Molly McGrath
ESPN and ABC SaturdayJoe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Katie George
ESPN and ABC SaturdayMark Jones, Robert Griffin III, Quint Kessenich
ESPN and ABC SaturdayDave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill
ESPN and ABC SaturdayBob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Kris Budden
ESPN and ABC SaturdayDave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Tiffany Blackmon
ESPN and ESPN2 SaturdayAnish Shroff, Brock Osweiler, Taylor McGregor
ESPN and ESPN2 SaturdayBeth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN ThursdayMatt Barrie, Louis Riddick, Harry Lyles Jr.
ESPN and ESPN2 FridayRoy Philpott, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN and ESPN2 SaturdayBrian Custer, Dustin Fox, Lauren Sisler
SEC Saturday NightTom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ACC Network PrimetimeDave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Kelsey Riggs
SEC NetworkDave Neal, Deuce McAllister, Andraya Carter
SEC NetworkTaylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
ACC NetworkWes Durham, Roddy Jones, Taylor Davis
ACC NetworkChris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Lericia Harris
ESPN2 and ESPNU SaturdayClay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Dawn Davenport
ESPN2 and ESPNU SaturdayKevin Brown, Hutson Mason
ESPN2 and ESPNU SaturdayJohn Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia
ESPN2 and ESPNU SaturdayDrew Carter, TBD
ESPN2 and ESPNU SaturdayConnor Onion, Craig Haubert
Longhorn NetworkLowell Galindo, Sam Acho, Alex Chappell
ESPNU Thursday – HBCUTiffany Greene, Jay Walker
ESPN Radio Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer, Ian FitzsimmonsMike Couzens, Max Starks

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