How professional broadcasters comment live on air


One of Nick Barnes' commentating notes (Photo by HENRIK KNUDSEN for EIGHT BY EIGHT).

One of Nick Barnes’ commentating notes (Photo by HENRIK KNUDSEN for EIGHT BY EIGHT).

Commentating live on TV or radio is not easy. I repeat… IT IS NOT EASY!! You really need to be prepared so you know what to say, when to say it and be sure that what you say is right.

Football magazine EightByEight has an interesting feature on how professional sports commentators, BBC’s Nick Barnes and NBC’s Arlo White, prepare their notes before going live on air.

Elaborate, colourful, and extremely creative, it gives us a glimpse of their passion and thought process that they give for their profession. You could open an entire exhibition using their notebooks!

Head on over to EightByEight see their works:

Cheat Sheets I: The art of commentary with BBC’s Nick Barnes

Cheat Sheets II: The colourful commentary of NBC’s Arlo White

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