Live From the Broadcast Booth at Homewood

Live From the Broadcast Booth at Homewood

I am the new voice of Johns Hopkins men’s and women’s soccer. Over the course of this fall, I will call over 30 games of collegiate soccer between Hopkins and Stevenson University.

Here are a few highlights from a 4-1 JHU men’s soccer victory over York College:

 

Keep up with me on social media as I navigate through my broadcasting career in my first year out of college: @BobTrosset (Twitter & Instagram).

Six Months Out of the Winter Olympics

Six Months Out of the Winter Olympics

Buckle up! We are quickly approaching this winter’s Olympics which are set to take place in South Korea for the first time since the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. PyeongChang, South Korea will be the first ski resort town to host the Winter Olympics since the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

The majority of outdoor sports will take place within the confines of the Alpensia Resort. It looks something like this during winter:

Following the Games, the Resort will also host the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

There may not be as many ‘household’ names in this winter’s Games, but there are certainly athletes who are flying below the radar you should definitely be on the lookout for come February. Here are 10 Olympians to follow on their road to PyeongChang: 

  1. Amanda Kessel (@AmandaKessel8) 
  • New York Riveters Forward (National Women’s Hockey League)  
    • Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s ice hockey (2010-2016) 
  • Silver medalist at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia 

 

2. Nathan Chen (@nathanwchen) 

  • 2017 Four Continents champion (figure skater) 
  • Won national novice title at 2010 U.S. Championships in Spokane, Washington at age 10 (youngest novice champion in history of U.S. Figure Skating) 
  • First skater to land seven clean quadruple jumps in competition (2017 U.S. Championships) 
  • Time Magazine named Chen one of the 2017 “Next Generation Leaders” 

 

3. Jamie Greubel Poser (@JamieGreubel) 

  • Cornell University Class of 2006 
  • Won bronze medal at 2014 Winter Olympics in Two-woman Bobsleigh event 
  • Married to German bobsledder Christian Poser 

 

4. Jocelyne Lamoreux (@JocelyneUSA17) 

  • Won silver medal for women’s national ice hockey team during the 2010 Winter Olympics, alongside her twin sister, Monique 
  • Played NCAA hockey for the University of Minnesota (1 year) and three for the University of North Dakota 

 

5. Monique Lamoreux (@moniquelam7) 

  • Selected by Boston Blades in 2014 CWHL Draft 
  • 2015 Clarkson Cup 
  • Two silver medals (Vancouver 2010 & Sochi 2014) 

6. Maia Shibutani (@MaiaShibutani) 

  • Three-time World medalist (1 silver, two bronze) 
  • 2016 Four Continents champion 
  • Competed at 2014 Winter Olympics 

7. Hilary Knight (@HilaryKnight) 

  • Women’s national ice hockey team forward 
  • Competed in 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics 
  • In 2015, Knight moved to the Boston Pride of NWHL and finished the season as the league’s first-ever scoring champion 

 

8. Nick Goepper (@NickGoepper) 

  • Freeskier from Lawrenceburg, Indiana 
  • Three gold medals and a silver at the Winter X Games in Aspen (Slopestyle contest) 

 

9. Rico Roman (@RicoSled23) 

  • Joined United States Army upon graduating Alpha High School in 2000 (Oregon) 
  • In 2007, Roman’s leg was amputated after hitting an IED while serving in Iraq
  • Won gold medal in Sledge Hockey at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia  

 

10. Nikko Landeros (@nikko1515) 

  • Ice sledge hockey player and paralympic freestyle skier 
  • Competed in 2010 Winter Paralympics Olympics in Vancouver as USA won gold 
  • While changing a tire on the side of the road in high school, Landeros was struck by a vehicle leaving him stuck between two SUVs. He and his friend, Tyler Carron, both became bilateral amputees. 

 

We are exactly 183 days out of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Follow me (@BobTrosset) on Twitter to stay in the loop. 

The Culmination of Four Years

The Culmination of Four Years

It has been almost two months since I dove into the ‘real world’ and started my Admission Assistant gig at Loyola University Maryland. Considering I was a Student Worker in the Office of Undergraduate Admission during my four years, it has been a smooth transition from student to employee.

I feel lucky that while the majority of those in my graduating class are transitioning into foreign offices in unfamiliar environments, I am working alongside professionals who I consider to be family.

While I await my first “break” in broadcasting, I am overseeing Loyola’s tour guide program and assisting in the creation of a new culture and name of the organization: Greyhound Ambassadors. As a Greyhound Ambassador, you will serve as a representative who is asked to lead tours on campus, greet prospective students and their families, and provide direction to those in need.

Additionally, I am currently going through the training process to present information sessions and enhance the visit experience. This requires serious memorization of majors/minors offered, the admission process and ROI statistics. Although I have quite a bit of public speaking experience, using a Prezi as a tool takes time and patience to master. I hope to be behind the podium presenting the university I love before the end of July.

Not all of the last seven weeks have been smooth sailing. Living alone in a four-person townhouse (exactly where I lived senior year) with no neighbors has had its challenges. Sitting inside my very own cubicle hasn’t exactly been the most riveting thing ever. This is what it’s all about, though. I am making ends meet while I await my first gig in broadcasting.

I know what I’m getting myself into. I understand the cutthroat nature of the business. I realize just how fierce the competition is. And most importantly: I accept the harsh realities of the field and am confident in my abilities to make it to where I ultimately want to be.

For now, follow me on Twitter @BobTrosset or subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Trosset Earns Jim Nantz Award Honorable Mention

Trosset Earns Jim Nantz Award Honorable Mention

The annual Jim Nantz Award is given to the nation’s top collegiate broadcaster and determined by a panel of professional broadcasters from a variety of backgrounds.

After three years of failing to place nationally, my demo reel earned an honorable mention in this spring’s competition.

Here is the video I submitted:

Sportscasters Talent Agency of America’s CEO, Jon Chelesnik, formally announced this year’s top broadcasters in this video:

I’m honored to be the first student from Loyola University Maryland to place nationally. I know there will be more in the near future.

Thank you to Jon and his team for the recognition. I understand and respect the prestige that comes along with this honor and am driven by the fact that several former collegiate broadcasters who placed have gone on to earn big-time jobs in the industry.

A hero again: Finding a solution to the NBA resting controversy

A hero again: Finding a solution to the NBA resting controversy

It’s no secret that NBA rests have posed challenges for fans, players and TV networks alike. One of the biggest controversies in professional sports began to escalate toward the end of the 82-game regular season.

After paying as much as $130 to see their favorite NBA stars play, fans have learned with little to no notice that their idols would be on the bench – or not at the games at all. Likewise, players like the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant have decried inequalities in the resting rules, saying they’re “only for a couple of players in the league.” And TV networks that air NBA games have struggled not only to maintain advertisers but also to attract new ones.

But while critics have portrayed the NBA as the primary villain in the resting controversy, perhaps, the organization is also the biggest victim.

For perspective, consider the issue’s history. According to CBS reporter Matt Moore, the conflict started with “grumblings” around March 11. That day, Warriors coach Steve Kerr rested Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson during the team’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. At the same time, Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard were also off the court due to injuries and other health problems. Although Durant, Aldridge and Kawhi were excused by most critics, the other players – and, in particular, coach Kerr – weren’t so lucky. NBA writer and analyst Brian Geltzeiler, for example, called the decision to rest the players “an atrocious idea,” “an embarrassment to the league” and “shameful.” Combined with other criticisms, Geltzeiler’s words formed some of the first blows to the NBA’s reputation.

Then, one week later, the Cleveland Cavaliers added fuel to the critics’ fire. In a game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue rested his “Big Three”: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Fans were shocked to find out the the team’s star players wouldn’t be on the court, chanting, “We want LeBron!” while James sat on the bench. And Clippers coach Doc Rivers even chimed in, saying, “There is a fan base that probably bought tickets tonight to see LeBron James play for the first time. They didn’t get a chance to see that, and that’s not cool.”

But, again, the harshest words came away from the matchup. Retired basketball player Karl Malone told ESPN’s Sage Steele: “If you don’t have at least 10 years’ experience, get your a** playing. It’s not work; it’s called playing. Besides, tell our underpaid service members and police and first responders to rest. D*****, they can’t.”

Aside from public backlash, however, the NBA suffered in other ways, too. Despite earning a 2.1 overnight rating on a Sunday afternoon matchup in 2016, the Cavs and Clippers netted only a 1.1 on ABC’s “NBA Saturday Primetime” this year. Though the Saturday presentation should have boosted ratings, Sports Media Watch suspected early that this year’s figure was “almost certainly the lowest NBA overnight ever on a broadcast network.” A few days later, updated data supported that hunch: The game scored only a 1.0 final rating, tying the two lowest-rated NBA matchups in broadcast TV history.

But how does that affect the NBA overall? Because the NBA is a business, first and foremost. Bringing in almost $5 billion a season, the NBA ranks third in the top American professional sports leagues by revenue, behind only the NFL ($13 billion) and MLB ($9.5 billion). During the 2013-2014 season, gate receipts contributed about 28 percent of the NBA’s total revenue, meaning that television deals formed a large portion of the remaining 72 percent. But when ratings are low, what incentive do networks have to renew their contracts with NBA teams? The answer: not much.

Although Disney (ABC and ESPN) and Time Warner (TNT) signed contracts with the NBA last year to air games through the 2024-2025 season, there’s no guarantee that they’ll renew their agreements. As the BallnRoll editorial staff puts it: “TNT is not planning on shelling out billions to see James and Steph Curry sit on a Saturday night broadcast.” And who could blame it? At $24 billion, the current contract is too expensive for the network not to reap mutual benefits.

So what’s the solution? Simply avoiding or banning rests won’t work. Before the Houston Rockets’ March 26 matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder, coach Mike D’Antoni had said, “We don’t rest. We don’t do that.” During the game, D’Antoni kept his word, yet the matchup still yielded only a 0.9 final rating, replacing the Cavalier-Clippers’ 1.0 record low a week earlier. What’s more, as ESPN staff writer Tom Haberstroh explains: “[T]he economics make clear that some games, played by some players, are many times more important than others to the league’s bottom line. The trick is to get the best players in uniform and at their best for the nationally televised games that pay the bills” (emphasis added). Since the rests started as a way to refresh players in a demanding 82-game season, certainly, eliminating them won’t serve that goal. (For proof, consider some of the research the NBA has collected and analyzed on the relationship between fatigue and injuries.)

However, perhaps, the NBA could change the way it handles rests. League commissioner Adam Silver has already taken the first steps by meeting with NBA owners, reducing the number of back-to-back games in next year’s season and imposing penalties for noncompliance with player availability regulations. But he has also said that “there should be a strong preference for resting players at home,” a suggestion that will continue to cut off fans, teammates and TV networks. Since the NBA depends on these groups’ interest and support for its financial success, players need to be at the games, signing autographs, participating in interviews and promoting the game-day experience. After a tough regular season weighed down by controversy, it’s the only way to turn the NBA from a villain and victim into a hero again.