Sports commentary: engaging fans across the world

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With the number of live streams rising steadily year on year, there has been an increased emphasis on sports commentary and in particular, multi-language streaming. Sports commentary is nothing new and, arguably, the things that come out of sports commentator’s mouths can be just as memorable as the live events themselves.

The tone and words that commentators use help add value to live streams by generating excitement amongst supporters. So, offering commentary in multiple languages is hugely important in engaging fans across the world.

2017 is set to be another lively year for sports, and we can’t wait to watch the action. From the Champions League final to Wimbledon, it’s likely that the biggest events on the 2017 sporting calendar will provide us with some memorable punditry moments.

In the meantime, let’s count down 10 of the most memorable sports commentary clips from over the years. Whether you think they are bloopers or amazing sports moments, you can’t argue that these commentators don’t add to the excitement.

10 sports commentary moments we can’t forget

10. “In Your Life”

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“Oh WOW” screams the commentator at Tiger Woods’ dramatic 16th hole at the 2005 Augusta Masters, “in your life have you seen anything like that”. This lively commentator adds to the exciting atmosphere at the competition, joking “this guys pretty good!”. Woods went on to win the title and become one of the most successful golfers of all time.


9. Irish commentator has no clue

Yes, we’re aware that this commentary is a spoof by an Irish comedian. However, it is hilarious nonetheless. Listen as Francis Higgins says what we are all thinking about an Olympic sailing event. He has no clue what he is talking about, however, he gets a 10/10 for his effort for winging it!


8. Everyone’s a winner, apparently

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According to pundit Pat Glenn, “you won’t win silver medals at the Olympic Games unless you’re the very best”. Are you sure about that one, Pat? What does that make those who win gold.. the very, very best?

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7. Hyper commentators are ‘wack’

Ed Leigh, Tim Warwood and Aimee Fuller were highly criticised for their commentary of Jenny Jones’ bronze medal-winning slopestyle performance.

The first British Olympic medal for snow sports in 90 years may have been an exciting moment for the country. However, the hyperactive commentators caused a stir, forcing the BBC to apologise over complaints.


6. A modest remark

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Boxing pundit Alan Minter played down the fierce nature of the sport during an Olympic event. He stated, “sure there have been injuries and even some deaths in boxing, but none of them really that serious”.

Bit harsh!


5. Mo for Gold!

Steve Cram & Brendan Foster’s commentary on Mo Farah’s 500m Olympic gold at the London 2012 Olympics has been shared across the internet a lot over recent years. The famous footage cuts to John Inverdale, Denis Lewis, Colin Jackson & Michael Johnson for their equally excitable reaction in the studio. The enthusiastic British reporting team show the impact of sports commentary on fan engagement as their passion created an excited atmosphere amongst British viewers.



4. That time Britain won Wimbledon

Johnathon Overend, 2013 Andy Murray Wimbledon

“WE (Britain) have done it” claimed Jonathan Overend. The commentator couldn’t believe his eyes as Andy Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years in 2013. According to the pundit, “it seems ludicrous”. The Scot won the title again, in 2016, alongside a gold medal at the Rio Olympics in the same year. He was rewarded with a knighthood and boasts World No1 ranking in the sport.

Andy Murray Celebrates Wimbledon Victory




3. “Aguerrooooooooo!”


Martin Tyler was very excitable as the Argentinian striker made history with a last minute goal to win the English Premiership for Man City in 2012. Experienced commentator Martin Tyler was shocked, screaming “ Aguerrooooooooo! I swear you’ll never see anything like this ever again.”


2. Kamara just doesn’t know.

This must be one of the most watched sports commentary clips of the past decade. Sky Sports’ Chris Kamara’s famous blooper at Fratton Park had his fellow pundits in stitches. The commentator had one job – to watch the  Portsmouth vs Blackburn match and report back on key moments. When asked about a crucial sending off for Portsmouth, which he misses, Kamara responds “I don’t know, Jeff!”. The commentator hilariously makes no effort to even try to cover it up, “I must have missed that!” he laughs. His colleague sarcastically concludes “cutting edge reports on Gillette Soccer Saturday!”



1. Commentator can’t breathe

Dennis Berkhamp’s 90th-minute goal for the Netherlands against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup Quarter Final in France was too much excitement for this commentator to handle. The reporter struggles to breathe as he shouts the Dutch striker’s name in jubilation.


There you have it, 10 of the best and worst sports commentary moments. These clips show how powerful the words and tones used by commentators are in engaging sports fans. Whether they are bloopers or an amazing sports moments, commentators’ voices stick in our heads and add to the enjoyment of any live event.


Sports commentary shouldn’t be language-exclusive

Live streaming is just the first step in engaging sports fans across the world. Multi-language streams can transform fan engagement across multilingual markets as supporters feel valued through content in their own language. This is relatively simple to execute through our remote commentary solutions which save you time and money and provide a significant ROI.

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