What does a sports presenter do?

Sports presenting is largely divided into three types of roles:

  • Anchor
  • Commentator
  • Reporter

In addition to being fans of the game, a sports presenter has to have an in-depth knowledge of the nuances of the game, the details of the players and teams playing, and the bigger context of the game for the season or league.


An anchor is usually based out of a studio. He or she hosts the pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows that provide a preview and review of the game. The shows often have guests such as former players, coaches or experts who engage in a conversation with the anchor. The anchor will also make a mention of any broadcast sponsors if agreed upon, and will help conduct live engagement such as questions phoned in, or sent on social media by fans. A game broadcast usually has one, sometimes two anchors.


A commentator or commentators are usually based out of the stadium or event venue. They are placed at the sidelines of the field or court and provide live commentary on the live game taking place. Commentary includes talking about the action, providing context, highlighting achievements and statistics, and generating excitement at key moments of the game. A game broadcast usually has at least two and sometimes up to three commentators.


A reporter is based out of the stadium or event venue. He or she is tasked with reporting on the events surrounding the live game. These could be about an injury to a player who has gone back to the locker room, live updates from a team’s strategy, or even talking live to the coaches during the breaks. A reporter works with the commentators and the director of the broadcast to identify the topics on which to report.


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