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What type of degree is recommended for a career in sports broadcasting

I see a lot of ex-athletes in sports broadcasting. Do they all have college degrees? Some of them have degrees because they talk about them. But after speaking to my parents, it's possible many went to college but didn't finish. So do you really need a degree or do you just need to be one of the elite athletes of the world? #sports #journalism #sports-management #broadcast-journalism

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Wael’s Answer

Going to college/university is the path to be an athlete in the states. In the process, it is best to have a back up plan, don't you think? If you become very famous, your academic credentials might not matter much. However, would you like to be employed for the mere fact of being famous or because you deserve that opportunity?


The short answer is, get a degree in journalism.

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Lou’s Answer

Although ex-athletes appear to have he inside track, they also go through many of the same auditions and pay your dues activities that non-athlete sporstcasters go through. A degree in broadcast journalism is helpful but not always necessary. I began with no thing but a love of sports so sometimes its more about the perseverance and being in the right spot at the right time. . You can live the dream but know that there will be disappointment and rough spots along the way but it can be done.
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J.B.’s Answer

Hey Katie, looks like you're asking two different questions here. No, not all former pro athletes who get into broadcasting have college degrees. However, if you are not a former pro athlete and you want to become a sports broadcaster, then you will absolutely 100% need some sort of formal training - not necessarily a 4-year college degree. There are other training programs specific to broadcast journalism. (In fact, many former pro athletes also sign up for formal training before they earn these jobs. And some pro leagues are starting to offer training programs to retirees.)


But keep in mind you'll likely be competing for jobs against other broadcasters who may have a 4-year college degree. Even more important than the degree, though, is the experience you're able to get out of your training program (college or other). For example, a 4-year college degree from a broadcast journalism program at a school that does not allow students to gain hands-on work at its college radio+TV stations would not be as valuable as one that does. Before deciding what is right for you, be sure to research what you'll actually be allowed to work on as a student.


All the best,
J.B.

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