Photo of 2017 Sportscaster U participants

NBA players become Newhouse students as part of annual Sportscaster U. program

By Wendy S. Loughlin

June 5, 2017

The Newhouse School at Syracuse University was the site of the 10th annual Sportscaster U. this past weekend, when seven current and former NBA players came to campus to train for careers in sports broadcasting.

Sportscaster U., hosted by the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) in partnership with Syracuse University, brings potential sportscasters to Newhouse for four days of hands-on training. “Voice of the Orange” Matt Park, an adjunct at the Newhouse School, runs the program, which is offered through the school's Executive Education operation.

This year’s Sportscaster U. “students” were current players Langston Galloway, Danny Green, Gerald Henderson, Steve Novak and Willie Reed, and former players Earl Barron and Loren Woods. They spent June 2 – 5 at Newhouse, where they took advantage of the studio facilities and learned about  broadcasting techniques, on-air commentary, courtside reporting and play-by-play announcing.

Since its inception in 2008, Sportscaster U. has trained some 60 NBA players. Read the NBPA article “On Court to On Air” for more in-depth information about the program.