ˈplā-ˌbī-ˌplā How to pronounce play-by-play (audio)
: being or giving a running commentary on a sports event
a radio play-by-play announcer
: relating each event as it occurs
play-by-play noun

Examples of play-by-play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jiménez is among the few Latino play-by-play announcers in the NBA on English-language broadcasts. Eduard Cauich, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2024 Schaeffer also has play-by-play experience with the Mountain West Network, FOX College Sports, ESPN3, Big East Digital Network and the Phillies Radio Network. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2024 Gary Gerould has been the Kings’ play-by-play announcer since 1985, when the team moved to Sacramento from Kansas City. Marcus D. Smith, Sacramento Bee, 16 Apr. 2024 Between kisses and whispering in each other’s ears, the two fully participated in the Wimbledon play-by-play, rooting for their favorite players. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 14 Apr. 2024 Activists use Instagram and Facebook to organize protests and sometimes send play-by-play logistical instructions on Telegram. Sheera Frenkel, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2024 Wyatt Thompson, the Wildcats’ play-by-play man for football and men’s basketball, will be in the booth for the Royals’ three-game series at the New York Mets starting Friday. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 11 Apr. 2024 Beavers previously worked with a local insurance company and also served as a radio sports announcer, primarily doing play-by-play of Watson Chapel High School football and basketball. The Pine Bluff Commercial,, 9 Apr. 2024 For the first time in 32 years:Final Four has a new play-by-play announcer. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 5 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of play-by-play was in 1927

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“Play-by-play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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