From The Commentary Box
By Gurupreet Chabaria, New Delhi, India
In the sky-boxes and sports commentator studios at big networks, arenas and stadiums there is a vast audience testimonial. What people enjoy and what they want to listen? The most debating topic in the sports T.V channel relates to the commentators and their knowledge regarding every player. "Commentary is as tough and skillful as winning a competitive game." says Cindy Ford, top listed sky-box host for Dubai Sports International.
When there is a good sense of humor in the commentary, audience do acknowledge it. They find T.V much better even after not being a part of cheering crowd. The sense of humor becomes much important factor as a part, because millions of fans are listening and judging the way of commentary. "For a TV broadcast, commentator is the one adding life to the game. Without a commentary, game will turn lifeless." says Bob Wilson.
The other skill is to keep a vital information of all the players in the field. At certain times it happens when a player breaks his own record. Or at times he might break others.
A commentator must be updated with nearest chances and scores of all players and to deliver detailed information to the audience. "Many people think, commentary is just to describe what's going in the game. But certainly it's not limited to that." Cindy adds. Being a commentator is the most difficult job in the sports field.
Bob Wilson says,"Talkative people are commentators by birth." The one who is talkative by birth do not have to think what to talk. It comes by nature. The best commentator is chosen by the knowledge and talkativeness. The most interesting part for audience to listen is the choice of phrases that various commentators employ. Some commentary turns critical whereas other turns of phrase come across as more understanding and forgiving. Direct commentary towards a person might give an emotional impact. When commentator points out mistake of a player, his fans may feel nervousness. The one which shows limitations or abilities of a player is called direct or critical commentary. It depends how commentator stalk. It instinctively triggers the feelings of fans towards the player. The way of speech effect upon audience. When the ultimate scoreboard of any game is glaringly obvious, the commentary for the winner is said to be positive commentary.
When it's time for new commentator to join the troop he will be preparing lessons a couple of days before match. Watching TV day and night listening to commentaries and testing it on himself. "If you want to test yourself as commentator then mute the TV and loudly speak in your room just like a commentator till the game is over. You will realize how difficult commentator's job is." says Cindy.
At times in extreme efforts to deliver best of the commentary few commentators faced problems after having said few wrong things in excitement or artificially pretending to be superior. Later they apologized through media. When cases happen like these one must not think"What did I talk?" In fact the correct thought is "Why did I talk?" Cindy Ford says,"Your words are is like a bullet shot from a gun. Once you speak something wrong for which you have to regret, you cannot take your words back. Millions of people listen to those creating wrong impression regarding you." Commentary needs consciousness and good attention on what you say.
Prolonged practice and experience counts to become a good commentator. All it needs is energy and enthusiasm all the time. One has to forget the family issues and health problems no matter whatever good or bad is going in personal life commentator always need to be mentally stable, happy and energetic on the field.
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