What is the Effect of Commentary in Sports?

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What is Commentary?

In sports commentary, there's always debate over whose opinion matters the most and how much. In some cases, people may believe that certain commentators have more influence than others. Others may think that only experts should speak publicly about what they know best. But whatever side of the argument you fall on, there's no doubt that commentary can affect opinions.

 Here are 5 reasons why commentary affects opinions:

 1. Immediate Appeal

 Commentary can instantly make something sound interesting or exciting. If a commentator says it, then others feel confident saying it themselves. When they hear someone else say it, many people become interested in hearing their opinions.

 2. Credibility

 If you're talking about an event that happens often and is well known, most people are familiar with it. That means that when someone talks about it, a lot of people listen. Commentators who aren't part of the mainstream culture may not be as credible, especially if they don't have a good understanding of the subject. However, those same people often get the attention they need.

 3. Authority

 When people talk about a topic that they know little about, they trust an expert rather than someone who doesn't seem knowledgeable. Because of this, audiences tend to listen to them. So whether people like what you do or not, they still want to hear what you have to say.

 4. Social Proof

 People follow the crowd. If everyone's talking about something, that suggests there's probably something to it. People also look at what others are doing to figure out if it should be done or not.

 5. Narrative

 Some people just enjoy listening to stories. Whether they agree with what the storyteller is saying isn't really relevant. What does matter is whether the story makes sense. A good narrative lets people understand events, emotions, and decisions without telling them everything.

What is the Effect of Commentary?

If I had been asked what the effect of commentary was on sports, my answer would have been “hugely negative”. However, recently, I realized that it actually makes a big difference and is actually good for sports. To explain further, here are some reasons why commentary makes such a huge impact on sports.

 Commentary provides context and insight for viewers who may not understand the sport completely. In addition to being able to provide background information about the game, commentators also provide insights and analysis that make the sport easier for people to follow. People need context and insight in order to understand things easily, and commentary helps them get this information. Thus, commentary is helpful for understanding the sport.

 A commentator should know how to communicate effectively with fans, and therefore, they should be smart in terms of communication. They should be good at interacting with their audience and keeping their audiences engaged throughout the entire game. In addition, they should also use sarcasm and humor in order to appeal to different types of people. Therefore, commentating requires certain skills and knowledge.

 In addition to providing context and insight, commentators also help bring out the personalities of players and coaches. Commentators often become the face of the team, since they have access to the players and coaches. As the commentators, they are able to connect with the team, bringing out their personalities. Additionally, they are able to express their emotions and feelings towards the team, which creates tension between teams and brings drama to the games.

 Therefore, commentary is extremely useful for bringing out the personalities of players, coaches, and teams, as well as making the games more interesting and entertaining to watch.

What are the Tasks of Commentators?

  1. Sport commentators are always trying to make their commentary sound interesting through repetition. In sports, they try to describe what happened in terms of adjectives and nouns. And if you’re watching a game live you might hear them say things like “a great play by so-and-so” to summarize a player's performance. This kind of commentary is called 'descriptive language'. But at times, descriptive language can affect your perception about how good a player did. In addition, people who use descriptive language may seem less interested than others. So, some people have suggested that it would be better to avoid using descriptive language altogether.
  2. Critics of descriptive language point out that it tends to overstate something (e.g., describing a great play as the best ever). Sometimes it takes away the reader's sense of objectivity. Also, it may give false impressions that are inaccurate. Another problem is that sometimes people don't understand the term 'great play' until they hear someone else describe it. When we talk about someone being 'great', we often mean that he/she was a really good person or had a lot of talent. However, the word 'great' carries different meanings depending on the situation. If you're talking about baseball players, then you probably want to say that a pitcher did well - not that he was 'great' at pitching.
  3. Fans love hearing announcers use descriptive words to describe what they just saw. They find it exciting and fun to watch. But if you've seen a play before, you know exactly what the announcer means. You don't need him to tell you. So, instead of enjoying his descriptive language, you're paying attention to what he says to make sure you remember everything he said correctly.
  4. Some companies hire teams of researchers to write descriptions of plays that they show on TV. These researchers take notes while viewing games and then write down the actual words that the announcers use. Afterward, these researchers create summaries based on those words. A study done at Stanford University showed that viewers of football games were able to recall more details of events after reading a summary written by a researcher than they could after listening to a commentator.
  5. Researchers think descriptive language doesn't matter much in sports. Some argue that coaches should coach their athletes to perform well without any help from announcers. Other critics disagree. They believe coaches should let the fans enjoy the excitement of being involved in a sport. So, they suggest that coaches should encourage their athletes to do well by encouraging them to win games.
  6. Think about whether descriptive language affects your enjoyment of a sport. How does descriptive language affect your experience?

Is commentary good?

 Commentary is essentially a conversation between players, coaches, and referees where they discuss what happened in the game. These conversations often take place after the conclusion of the game and thus, are considered post-game analysis. Commentaries are generally seen as an entertaining way to pass time while watching sports events. Many fans enjoy listening to the commentators and use their opinions to help them make sense of the action. Sometimes, these discussions get heated and lead to arguments amongst viewers. However, many believe that commentating helps the sport by providing context to the athletes and events. Fans understand the language that the commentators speak and can interpret their tone and body language to determine whether or not the commentator is giving a compliment or criticizing the player's actions. Thus, commentating can serve to enhance the fan experience, especially in professional sports since fans tune in to watch the games.

Does commentary affect the outcome of a game?

 The answer to this question depends on how much attention you pay to the commentary. If you listen only to the information that you are interested in, then you may miss important details that could change the outcome of the game. In some cases, however, if a team is given special comments or praise, then it may motivate them to perform and win. However, if the players hear negative comments about themselves or their teammates, then they may become discouraged and quit before the end of the game.

How do you think commentary affects the outcome of a game differently than in the past?

 In the past, commentators would provide specific statistics of individual players and teams to try to predict who was going to win. As technology improved, broadcasters started to communicate more and more to the public via social media platforms that allowed people to follow along with the game. Today, there are live feeds that allow fans to join in on the conversation as the game unfolds. People can interact with each other and share their experiences with the players, coaches, and refs throughout the duration of the game. Viewers have more access to information now than ever before, and therefore, are able to provide feedback to broadcasters and teams. Live streaming services like Twitter and Facebook have also allowed spectators to view the game on their phone or tablet and be connected to the broadcast.

Should we ban commentators?

 Many experts argue that broadcasting should be banned in sports because it interferes with the integrity of the game. While it is true that commentators do add entertainment value to games, they can influence the outcome of the game by influencing the behavior of the players. Players may go out and play harder just because someone is talking about them. They may forget about the importance of team cohesion and instead focus on being the best individual performer. Ultimately, though, athletes feel pressure to perform well regardless of whether or not they are criticized or praised. Regardless of how you feel about commentary, it does influence the outcome of a game and cannot be denied.

"Sports commentary is often criticized as being too negative."

 The fact that many sports commentators are critical of players, teams, coaches, and referees doesn't mean that they're necessarily wrong. A commentator may analyze events in a way that makes them seem black-and-white or overly simplistic, but he/she might just be doing his/her job well. There's nothing inherently wrong with being critical of someone else's performance as long as it's done respectfully.

"Commentary is sometimes seen as an unprofessional activity."

 While some people think of sports commentary as a lowbrow profession (i.e., not scholarly), others simply see it as the entertainment side of the game. It's true that some broadcasters give off the impression that they don't know what they're talking about, but that doesn't make their opinions any less valid than those who do have a background in the sport.

"A commentator could negatively influence the outcome of the game."

 As I mentioned above, people criticize the negative aspects of some commentaries all the time. But whether the speaker is a professional journalist or a fan, the person's commentary isn't going to change the result on the field. If anything, it should only affect how much someone enjoys the game. In addition, the commentaries' tone and style might influence viewers to tune out if they find them irritating, but that's not something to worry about from a spectator standpoint.

"Some commentators take themselves too seriously."

 There's a difference between taking things seriously and having an inflated sense of self worth. People who act as though they're smarter than everyone else tend to go overboard in terms of their opinion, leading to criticism. As long as the commentator is willing to listen to opposing viewpoints, then he/she can avoid getting caught up in the hype.

"Commentators can be biased or use their position to promote their own organization."

 People who work for teams or organizations usually show favoritism when analyzing games involving those teams or organizations. However, bias doesn't always translate into an undeserved advantage; it's possible to be fair without giving one team an unfair edge over another. Regardless, viewers need to be aware of potential conflicts of interest before deciding whether to watch a particular broadcast.

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