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Would living in a more popular city such as NYC or Los Angeles benefit me when trying to get started and grow within the career choice of sports broadcasting?

I am a high school junior and am beginning to explore my options for my future following high school. It has been a dream of mine for quite some time to be involved in sports, particularly the NBA, as a post game interviewer. I would appreciate any tips or advice to get started in this industry. #sportsbroadcasting #sports #interviewer


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Morgan’s Answer

Hi Camille,

NYC and Los Angeles gives more opportunities for broadcasting since they are larger cities and big media hubs. However that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to move there to get great experience. The good thing about opportunities in smaller cities is that they give you more hands on opportunity because they are smaller outlets. They are more flexible when it comes to new ideas and most of the time they let you take an idea and run with it so you have the ability to be more creative.

Most NBA jobs are in NJ so if that’s your dream then go for it and get your foot in the door. Any experience is good experience and no matter where you are networking is key because the broadcasting world is smaller than you realize.

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Tricia’s Answer

Hi Camille, I don't have personal experience in this area, but have a good friend who covers multiple sports and has built a 40 yr career in sports broadcasting. He started in small markets, with minor league teams to build his experience, which is very different than trying to start in the two largest markets in the country. There may be a lot of jobs in LA and NYC, but there are also a lot of people vying for those jobs. If you can find something in a smaller market, you have more of a chance to do a lot of 'hands on' work that will prepare you for each step up the ladder. Its also a way to start to build a network of associates who are also working their way up and can keep you informed of new or different opportunities. There are many more jobs in the minor leagues because there are more teams and more outlets, so take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way as your foot in the door that leads to NYC or LA.

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Michael’s Answer

Hi,

I've worked in sports media in New York city for 14 years. It's invaluable to work in the news media in New York city. There are so many local Regional sports networks in the city, NJ, and CT. If you can intern at any of them and then get a job you are in great shape.

It's tough to find work in the NY media and even tougher to find full time work. When you find full time work you hold on to it and then try to move up.

I have full time work with one RSN and then do part time work with others. It's important to make contacts and do part time work when working in sports media.

Any questions, please shoot me a line.

-Michael

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Krishna’s Answer

Hi Camille,

Both cities have amazing opportunities in sports broadcasting. The biggest differentiators between LA and NYC is the type of teams you would work for and culture. First think about what sport you are most interested in and which teams you like. This can help you determine which city is the best fit for you. Also, remember that LA and NYC are very different culturally. LA is more laid-back, spread out, and driven by Hollywood. NYC, on the other hand, is a fast-paced city that is extremely densely populated.

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