Why can’t american sports announcing be like this? youtube.com/watch?v=3nAwOX…
— travismorrison (@travismorrison) May 13, 2013
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?