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Sports Analyst

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Summary

Provide in-depth predictions about sports teams and players.

What does a Sports Analyst do?

Sports analysts live, eat, and breathe sports for print and broadcast media. In your medium of choice, you expound upon the beauty of a run, dissect the naming of a team’s lineup, and try to explain for all the world to understand how that outfielder missed the easiest pop fly of the season. In other words, if you’re a sports analyst, you’re the voice of sports, translating and analyzing your game of choice for all the avid fans out there.

To do this job well, you must love sports, and be able to talk or write on the subject at length. But you’re not just giving your opinion; you use research to back up your talk. For example, you point out when a player has beaten the all-time scoring record rather than just talking about what a good hit they had.

Such analysis requires proficiency at writing and reporting, and the ability to sift news from the sometimes mundane details of the game. Attention to detail and information gathering skills help you in this pursuit, and are especially important for those who work for a major network and may cover more than one game per day.

In total, your job is to keep sports information fresh and interesting so you can hold your viewers’ attention, or keep your readers coming back for more. As a reward for this hard work, you’re paid to watch and comment on sports. People tune in to hear what you have to say on a game.

Be careful that you don’t get carried away, though. Before long, you may find yourself providing statistics on how many times your significant other has burned dinner in the past month, and that might just lead to spending time in the ring.