So I don’t want to pick on this guy, because countless people have said this kind of thing before in regard to football. But in this particular case, the announcer…Martin Tyler he ain’t. It’s a lot of broken-voiced screaming over an admittedly crazy result. But this isn’t exactly different than what Gus Johnson has managed in the past.

To that end, I would love, love, love to set up an experiment featuring two announcers—let’s say Tyler and Johnson— make the same remarks word-for-word on the same sporting event. Then you’d show both it to two sets of neutral American sports fans. Better yet, two sets of US Ivy League college kids. And then get them to rate it out of ten or something.

My hunch is that they would instinctively rate the British accent higher. Which is a long-winded way of saying American announcing is just fine the way it is. Who for example is as good in British sports as Vin Scully?

Comments (4)

  1. I really miss the days when the announcers didn’t feel like they had to speak for every second of the match. I wish there was an option to watch the game without commentary but still be able to hear the rest- the crowd, players, etc. This is by no means isolated to football, as anyone who’s ever heard Pierre McGuire or Ray Ferraro speak will know.

    • Those guys are colour analysts, though, and outside of the NFL (where the plays are so complex that you need the additional analysis to understand what’s happening with differing schemes), colour guys are superfluous to begin with.

  2. The Brits would definitely win this test. There are definitely some bad North American soccer commentators (because some soccer coverage is on a shoe-string budget), but it seems like everyone instantly dismisses them based on their accent, before finding out if they are one of the good ones, or one of the bad ones.

  3. Americans cannot announce soccer. I can’t name one good one.

    It’s not just what Martin Tyler says, it’s how he says it. It’s his grace.

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