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We have provided spotter charts / game boards to sports media since 2005, more than 1,000 to 100 announcers in 2016. We strive for “Consistent accuracy, always on time.”
OVERVIEW – Our Product & Service
- THE CHART – Includes player bios, team & individual statistics, head coaches & assistants. With blank lines provided for you own notes under each player/position provided, this is meant to be your personal cheat sheet, to eliminate the need for anything else in your hands during the broadcast. Best used when printed on 11″ x 17″ cardstock, front & back. About half choose one-page & half chose two-page layouts, often customized & a duplicate for your spotter.
- DELIVERY – Typically three days prior to game date, but earlier by request using previous week’s depth chart. PDF files are sent directly to you, or to a local copy center of your choice (e.g., FedEx Office, UPS Store, Staples, Office Depot Minuteman Press, Go Postal, PakMail) w/ a BCC e-mail to you as well so you know it’s on the way. Print instructions are simple & straightforward. You pay copy costs out-of-pocket at pick-up, typically $5-$10.
- TYPE YOUR NOTES. Alternatively, you can type in your notes using Adobe Acrobat Pro. Watch this 8 1/2-minute video tutorial.Tony Caridi, to make your notes look like this. You then take care of printing on your own.
- BILLING – We currently bill all ESPN networks, most Fox networks, IMG/Univ. Washington, Root Sports & the Big Ten Network. Corporate rates are slashed when announcers must pay out of pocket. Full-season rates available w/ prepayment. Single-game invoices sent mid-season & season’s end. Satisfaction guaranteed, or it’s free!
- QUALITY – Your credibility on-air is our top priority, but we are human & therefore imperfect, so we implore you to double-check any and all information. I personally preview every single chart before it is delivered. We alert you ASAP whenever we discover an error on a chart that went out. As our Big Fish says, “The devil is in the detail.”
- SOURCES – Our sources are school/team website rosters for player bios, NCAA.org & NFL.com exclusively for statistics, gambling websites for injury updates & various sports/news websites.
- BEYOND DEPTH CHARTS – Our software identifies all players w/ season statistics, not just those on the depth chart, so you get more defenders & offensive skilled positions you are likely to see.
- NOTES – All WRs are grouped together for quick reference. FBs, RBs, TEs & WRs can be in numerical or depth-chart order. True freshmen have pink backgrounds; injured stars gray. Team stats rankings among the best are green, among the worst pink. Individual stats include last game (L) & season (S), w/ career (C) only on two-pagers, which also include high/previous schools. We avoid duplication & squeeze in 3rd- & 4th-string defenders w/ DBs, LBs or DL, but not further specific to positions. All charts include head coach, coordinators & assistants; two-pagers will include head coach & coordinator bios beginning 2016.
More FAQs are answered here: Using & Understanding Tony Britt’s Spotter Charts.
Choose one page, or two pages. Each sheet is 11×17 cardstock, printed full-color — single-, or double-sided. The one-page option is a single sheet, while the two-page option is two sheets that are taped one above the other, or placed side by side.
At right, Alabama’s Eli Gold prefers two pages, single-sided side by side. In this case, Auburn’s offense is on the left & Alabama’s defense is on the right. When he flips the board over, he will have Alabama’s offense on the left & Auburn’s defense on the right.
ESPN’s Ed Cunningham also prefers two-pages single-sided, but he tapes one defense above the other offense.
ESPN NFL Monday Night Football’s Sean McDonough prefers two pages printed double-sided. He uses clear, heavy, packing tape to attach one defense above the other offense on each side. This picture appeared on a tweet by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., of all people.
If you typically have large booths & sufficient table top space, a two-pager provides more information in slightly larger fonts, & more space for your notes.
If you never know what size booth to expect, a double-sided, one-page chart is much easier to manage, shown at left by ESPN’s John Gregory.
One page, or two – it’s your choice. Roughly half our clients go w/ one page & half w/ two pages.
Next, choose a layout. Our STANDARD layout for one-page charts has defense over offense. Defenders are on three rows — DBs, LBs & D-Line. Starters are listed bigger & closest to the line of scrimmage, but you can also request starters atop of each position. On offense, by popular demand, all TEs are left & all WRs right of the O-Line; or, if you prefer, all WRs left & all TEs right. This allows for quick reference, especially when players are listed numerically. FBs are always right & RBs always left of the QB.
This STANDARD one-page chart above shows how well-prepared New Mexico’s Robert Portnoy is for every game.
The same STANDARD layout works for two-pagers. Below left, Allen Bestwick has both offenses on one side. Below left, Bob Wischusen prefers offense atop defense for the New York Jets.
Danny KANELL has this layout below named for him. It places the QB to the far left, allowing for space for notes, as seen on Mack Brown‘s chart below. Go Tar Heels!
The Houston Texans’ Andre WARE has the chart below named for him. It features all players on both offense & defense split into the respective positions, just like he sees them on the field. Here’s what his offensive side looks like.
These are the most popular layouts. Various other options are available. Contact Tony Britt to discuss.
Tony Britt’s Spotter Charts began out of necessity in 2005. As a talent statistician with ESPN since 1986, Tony offered to create spotter charts for PxP Pam Ward (pictured here w/ Rob Stone & Chris Spielman), who was tired of hand-written, mistake-filled charts arriving late in the week. Tony also worked as a newspaper sports writer, Assistant to the President of the U.S. Olympic Committee, & as a snow ski instructor in Colorado.
Below is one of Pam’s charts, circa 2007.
“Tony, I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work this past season. I really believe I’ve gotten better as a PxP because of your brilliant charts. I hope we can keep this collaboration going for many more years to come! Sincerely,“
– Marc (Kestecher, ESPN Radio, Jan. 4, 2016)
“Thanks Tony. And for the record, I’m always satisfied, and better yet, I’m always impressed with your timing and delivery. I really appreciate the promptness and professionalism you provide our ESPN group. Thanks a ton, and Have a Merry Christmas!”
– Tom (Ramsey, ESPN, Dec. 19, 2015)
Thank you for the opportunity to serve.