The TCU Sports Broadcasting Department has an impressive list of equipment rentals. Their gear includes a Grass Valley Karrera switcher, a ChyronHego LEX Duet for graphics and replay, three four-channel EVS Nanos, and a Yamaha M7CL digital audio console. Other equipment they use is a Harris 72×72 video-and-audio routing switcher, Telecast Fiber conversion and teleport system, and up to six Ikegami HDK-77EC cameras with Fujinon 50X and 22X ENG lenses.
The College of Communication maintains a three-year contract with Fox Sports Southwest, and students from this department produce the majority of the 40 live events and 20 coaches’ shows that air on campus. Students work under Martin to oversee all productions, including the TCU football home games and the Armed Forces Bowl. This arrangement has allowed the school to establish a HD control room in its College of Communication building, fiber-embedded across campus, and students can use it for broadcasts.
Tarleton University has also recently announced the creation of a UFABET sports broadcasting major. This new program is a new addition to the university’s College of Film, Television, and Digital Media, which has offered a sports emphasis in the past. Students will have the opportunity to work with a regional sports network affiliated with the Mountain West Conference. And because sports networks are becoming more prevalent, so has the demand for sports video production.
Aside from the skills necessary to be a sports broadcaster, students must have exceptional public speaking skills, a clear voice, and a witty personality. Those interested in sports broadcasting should consider obtaining internships at local sports talk radio stations, work part-time at a college sports team, or even start their own podcast or internet radio station. Those with a background in broadcasting will stand out in the industry.
The sports broadcasting major allows students to gain an understanding of the field and the stories from the locker rooms. They will also learn how to analyze and research sports news stories, analyze statistics and game stories, and tell the story of sports through their words. Their mission will be to inform fans about the latest happenings in sports and inform them. They may also research game statistics, read articles, or even conduct interviews with players and coaches.