School of Communication & Media

Sports Broadcasting

Join us in our brand new program of Sports Broadcasting, gaining real field experience.

Today there is an explosion of opportunity in the world of sports media and here at Palm Beach Atlantic University, we have a program to put graduates in position to achieve in that world. 

As a Sports Broadcasting major, you will learn how to become outstanding on-camera communicators and behind-the-camera production experts. 

With Palm Beach Atlantic's 14 NCAA Division II sports teams, the Greene Complex and the Rinker Athletic Campus as a backdrop, students in this major will learn up-close and hands-on about covering an energetic and wide-ranging athletics program. At the same time, student sports broadcasters will be covering the Sunshine State Conference -- one of the premier DII conferences in the country.

The B.A. in sports broadcasting is an excellent fit for collegiate athletes. Coursework within the major runs before mid-afternoon so as not to conflict with practices, training and workout schedules. Student athletes can deepen their analytical and critical understanding of the sports industry in class while developing their athletic abilities on the field or the arena. 

Your Courses & Classes

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Your Experience

At PBA, you'll:

  • Engage in hands-on learning by serving in all crew and on-air positions that create live sports productions
  • Have the opportunity to join the staff of the digital-only campus news organization, The Beacon, as a sports reporter, media producer or sports editor
  • Experience the program's close working relationship with Sailfish Athletics, including coaches and athletes 
  • Develop essential skills in writing and mediated communication
  • Experience an education grounded in the liberal arts with a Christian perspective
  • Enjoy a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of just 19
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills through clubs and organizations.

Your Facilities and Equipment

You'll have access to state-of-the-art production facilities, including two live-production venues: one housed on the main campus in our 2,300 square-foot television studio and the other at the Rinker Athletic Campus. Sports broadcasts are produced with professional, high-definition cameras in the 1080p format and control rooms are equipped with Tricaster NDI control and 3Play instant replay in a standard broadcast configuration. Students broadcast games played in each area and field on multiple platforms fiber optically linked to control rooms. 

Your Faculty

Your professors are accomplished professionals who bring real-world media experience to the classroom. The faculty for sports broadcasting is led by department chair Don Piper, whose career has spanned more than 30 years in the broadcast industry, which includes extensive experience in broadcast journalism, international television production, U.S. Navy public affairs and college sports production. Professor Piper has produced and directed the streaming of all home athletic events at PBA since 2014. 

Your Opportunities

After graduation, opportunities abound without ever leaving the state, as Florida has numerous NCAA Division I and II colleges along with multiple NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB franchises, plus Major League Soccer and minor league baseball. Palm Beach County is now the spring training home to four MLB franchises.

You'll be prepared for a variety of career paths, including:

  • Sports reporter
  • Sports feature writer
  • Sports documentarian
  • Play-by-play announcer
  • Broadcast sports analyst
  • Live broadcast camera operator
  • Live broadcast director
  • Live broadcast technical director
  • Live broadcast engineer
  • Live broadcast instant replay
  • Video editor (with sports specialization)