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Since my initial post about ESPN all-Euro World Cup announcer lineup, one of the arguments I’ve heard over-and-over again is that American commentators “talk too much” and that British commentators don’t.
To that I give you the BBC’s legendary commentator John Motson. No one in the history of soccer commentating yammers on more than he does. Take a look at the BBC’s commentary of England v. Germany at Italy 90 below and tell me that Motson doesn’t talk too much. He talks perpetually. He talks non-stop. Only the anthems interrupt his constant chatter and even during the 10 seconds between the two anthems, he jams in a note about the capacity of the stadium. It takes a full nine minutes in this clip before you even hear a peep out of his color guy.
He also is a legendary stathead, another complaint one often hears about American commentators.
But of course, Motson has an accent, so that makes him far, far better than any of our commentators. Right?