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A Voice of Our Own
DICK FRIEDMAN
July 12, 2010
Next World Cup, we need an American to call the action. Here's the SI plan
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July 12, 2010

A Voice Of Our Own

Next World Cup, we need an American to call the action. Here's the SI plan

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Even announcing fast-paced sports such as basketball and hockey might not be adequate preparation. Soccer does not typically have the end-to-end action that those games do. Accordingly, the best announcers, when painting a picture, take an impressionistic approach. They also have the knack of conversing chattily until the play begins to build.

For a U.S. announcer to take a lead role on TV, he must be recognized by the international soccer community. By 2014 we'll expect one of our folks to have achieved such recognition. Of course, he'll have to be quality.

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