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Soccer Pundits Must Study Coaching Badges to Improve Broadcasting Skills: Nightly Soccer Report

gary neville sky Soccer Pundits Must Study Coaching Badges to Improve Broadcasting Skills: Nightly Soccer Report

Sky Sports analyst and co-commentator Gary Neville argues that soccer pundits on UK TV must study coaching badges in order to improve broadcasting skills.

You could argue that Neville’s comments are an indirect criticism of many of the pundits on BBC’s Match Of The Day program that are woefully lacking in constructive analysis on television.

“From a broadcasting point of view, they don’t just want telling that the ball has ended up in the back of the net, they want to know why it has ended up in the back of the net. They want to know who made the mistake, why they made the mistake, how they made the mistake and how to rectify the mistake.

“Even if you don’t believe in getting the certificate because you know everything yourself, or you believe your knowledge is great, you’re going to be listening to and sharing ideas with 22 very good people on this course.”

While I agree with Neville, I would argue that we shouldn’t stop there. In addition to TV pundits (worldwide, not just the UK) being encouraged to pass their coaching badges, the same should apply to journalists at mainstream news outlets who can afford to go on the courses, which would benefit their analysis of matches.

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