Unleashing the Power of Sports Commentary

The Transcript of Sports Commentary

The art of sports commentary is not easy. It takes a lot of time, effort and ambition to write a good comment.

This article aims to explore some of the features that distinguish sports commentary as an individual linguistic register. These include: * describing what is happening (narrative) * identifying players/teams * explaining the action * conveying atmosphere/emotion/stimulation


Creating great sports commentary is a bit like passing a maths exam: you can know your stuff, but you have to pass the test with style. A good commentator is one who can make an event memorable – the likes of Kenneth Wolstenholme, Harry Carpenter and Michael Winner have all passed this test with flying colours.

To do so, a good commentator has to be able to convey emotion and excitement. They also have to be able to give a concise and accurate description of the action on the pitch. This project will show you how to programme a sports commentator to do all of this. From the Looks menu, drag a say block into the commentator script and click on it. This will make the sprite say hello in a speech bubble for two seconds. Tinker with the values to make it your own. This is a very easy way to program sports commentary.


There are many different formats for sports commentaries. Some are written in a script and can be read verbatim, or they can be written using a word processor and can include punctuation and formatting. The best commentaries are dramatic, memorable and humorous where possible. They should also contain a fair amount of information and provide an overview of the game.

A good example of this is Harry Carpenter’s commentary when Ali used his rope-a-dope strategy during his fight against Zaire in 1974. Few people have seen such an epic moment of live sport and few commentaries capture the feeling as well as his. It was the sort of commentary that stayed in people’s minds for years afterwards, and it is testament to the power of good writing.


Sports commentators provide running commentary on a sport event or match in real time, often via a voiceover. They may also interview sports personalities and offer insights. Their job is to enhance the audience’s understanding of the game and to keep them entertained.

A good sports commentator is not afraid to make a joke or two. They should have an excellent command of English and be able to speak clearly. They should be able to give a detailed description of the game and its events in a fast-moving environment.

This paper analyses linguistic features of sports commentary, a genre that has become increasingly popular in online minute-by-minute match reports. It also examines competitive verbal interaction between a commentator and readers/other commentators, which is conventionally characterized by humour or criticism. It proposes an intonation annotation protocol dedicated to live sports commentaries, allowing for the classification of sequences of words into five distinct sub-genres based on valence and tone.


Sports commentators must be able to sum up the action in a few words or less. They also need to be dramatic, passionate and funny where possible. A great piece of commentary will be memorable enough to stay in the mind for years after the event.

If a clip is not in the public domain, it is best to ask permission from the copyright owner first. Otherwise, you could face a law suit. This applies to video as well as audio clips.

A good way to program the sports commentary is by using say blocks and an events block. Add the when flag clicked event to start the commentary when a player’s flag is clicked. You can use different say blocks to give different introductions for each athlete. Then, set the duration of the say block to two seconds. You can also tinker with the other parameters to personalize your project. If you want to hear the voice of a specific commentator, add another say block below the original one.

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