Youth Sports Network / Sports Broadcasting Academy
What they do: Television and radio broadcast training for high-school-age students
Recent moves: Founded in November 2011; graduated first class in January
A longtime college coach and academic administrator, Jamie (pronounced “hi-may”) Rivera sunk his retirement savings into starting the Youth Sports Network’s Sports Broadcasting Academy this past November.
Rivera, whose previous job was as an
“There are a lot of youth sports being played in the country, but those in front of the camera are always adults,” Rivera said. “Why isn’t there an ESPN-type show for kids?”
The YSN concept is to provide online courses for high-school-age students for both radio and television sports broadcasting. The faculty includes Matt Pinto, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s radio play-by-play announcer; former ESPN radio host Jon Chelesnik; and Root Sports broadcaster Rich Burk, among others.
The faculty teaches a 13-week course, which includes a two-hour weekly lecture in front of a webcam. The course addresses a range of topics, from writing broadcast copy and delivering “memorable speeches,” to the proper way to hold a microphone.
The goal is to attract students with an affinity for sports and to let them sample sports broadcasting and determine whether they want to pursue a career in the field.
The academy caps each classroom at 10 students a term, and the cost of tuition is $1,495.
Fred Dreier is a writer based in New York.