3..2..1..3 in the booth!

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The idea of three people working together in sports broadcasting has been toyed and tinkered with for years on end. This type of work is often considered quite challenging. It’s hard for three different people to express their own distinct personalities on the air during the course of a single broadcast. ESPN has had many problems with this over the course of their Monday Night Football package, as their three-man experiments have resulted in Joe Theismann, Tony Kornheiser and Ron Jaworski being removed from the booth. It can be inferred that ego partly played a role in these outcomes, but primarily ESPN just found it impossible to properly incorporate the minds of these football experts into broadcasts that also featured a standard play-by-play, one analyst structure. Recently, Fox Sports did a tremendous job of allowing three distinct voices to shine during their coverage of the Major League Baseball postseason and World Series. The team of Joe Buck (for my money, the best play-by-play man in the business), Harold Reynolds (an excitable ex-Seattle Mariners player) and Tom Verducci (an esteemed SI writer) never seemed to have one voice dominating the conversation. During every game that this team worked, it seemed as though the three men were just having an extended, fun-loving discussion about what was unfolding in front of them and each man was able to add their individual insights to enhance the viewing experience. Someday, I really want to try out working with two analysts in my play-by-play work here at Westfield State. I have always viewed this as a fun challenge and an opportunity to measure how effectively I can allow other voices to shine.


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