Shaquille O’Neal Goes To Broadcasting School

Shaquille O'NealAs Shaquille O’Neal’s NBA career winds down, he’s making sure life beyond the NBA is all lined up and recently went to school to make that happen.

According to the Associated Press, Shaq is taking a course at Syracuse University, known as Sportscaster U, a crash course designed to teach athletes about the broadcasting industry.

He arrived on Sunday (May 17) and started school Monday (May 18) at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Shaq says this is his field of interest after basketball.

“I’ve been an athlete that’s sort of in advance; always thinking,” O’Neal told the AP. “After basketball I’d love to have my own radio show, my own TV show.”

Sportscaster U is essentially a broadcasting boot camp started last year by Syracuse radio play-by-play announcer Matt Park and fellow Syracuse alum Dave Ryan, an ESPN announcer. Both are professors at Newhouse.

The inaugural Sportscaster U was held last summer in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association. Four players, including Eric Snow and Adrian Griffin, signed up for the hands-on course. Another session for more NBA players will take place this summer, but this week’s session was designed specifically for Shaq.

“His energy level is unbelievable,” Park said. “He wants to do it all and he’s been terrific.”

During his time there, O’Neal was taping mock stand-ups, scripting material, and conducting interviews. His first was with former Duke point guard Greg Paulus, who announced last week that he was going to play football for the Oranges this fall.

“He’s got great personality. His presence is phenomenal. He’s so funny and charismatic. He’s got the whole package,” Paulus told The Post-Standard of Syracuse.

Although Shaq is a superstar athlete, he’s a newbie in broadcasting, but that’s ok. He shares he wants to earn his spot.

“I’ve been the type of person (and) the type of athlete, I don’t like to be given anything,” O’Neal said. “I like to earn.”

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