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Bishop's Falls native beats out 3,000 others to be 'drafted' as sportscaster

The first thing Paul Brothers did when he was named the winner of the Gillette Drafted: The Search For Canada's Next Sportscaster on The Score Tuesday was give a big shout out to his dad.

"Dad, I love you, man. This is for you," said Brothers.

Then the 28-year-old Bishop's Falls native thanked the rest of his family and finally "everyone" at Chappy's Sports Bar in his home town as he threw his hands in the air.

Paul Brothers celebrates after being announced as the winner of Gillette Drafted: The Search For Canada's Next Sportscaster. - Submitted photo/The Score

The first thing Paul Brothers did when he was named the winner of the Gillette Drafted: The Search For Canada's Next Sportscaster on The Score Tuesday was give a big shout out to his dad.

"Dad, I love you, man. This is for you," said Brothers.

Then the 28-year-old Bishop's Falls native thanked the rest of his family and finally "everyone" at Chappy's Sports Bar in his home town as he threw his hands in the air.

For his effort, Brothers, who is based in Halifax, earns a one-year sportscaster contract with Score Media as a contributor to The Score, theScore.com and ScoreMobile, plus a one-year spokesperson contract with Gillette.

John Levy, the chairman and CEO for Score Media Inc., handed Brothers a Score microphone, jersey and hat as confetti fell from the studio's ceiling at the end of the program.

Emotional moment

A moment later, Brothers appeared to get very emotional as he put his head on host Sid Seixeiro's shoulder.

"It's been kind of a tough year for me and my family. My father (Tony) was diagnosed with cancer a year ago," explained Brothers, who watched several episodes of the program with his parents from his dad's hospital room in Nova Scotia.

"To know that he was watching last night (Tuesday) while I lived out my dream...I'm glad he got to see that for sure," added Brothers in a telephone interview with The Telegram Wednesday.

"He's the reason I'm a sportscaster."

Brothers won a competition that saw 3,000 applicants whittled down to him and four other finalists. He summed up the reason for his success by stating: "Preparation met opportunity and I just got lucky.

"To use a sports analogy, in terms of a hockey draft," noted Brothers, "if you are going to draft someone overall, they've pretty much have to excel in every facet of the game and I think over the last 12 weeks, I showed that I could excel in every challenge they (The Score) threw at me."

Confident yes, but definitely not cocky.

"I beat 3,000 people to get this job, but I still have a lot to learn in this business. I'm still a rookie, that's for sure," said Brothers. "So I'm just going to take it day by day and learn what I can from all these professionals up here (at The Score in Toronto).

"From the first day I was here, I wanted to be a part of this team and The Score because everyone here is fantastic. I can't wait to start to work. God, I haven't worked a day in my life."

Actually, he has worked before, although he had so much fun in his first on-air job it might not have seemed like real work.

For a time last year, Brothers was co-host of the late-night MuchMusic Sunday show Going Coastal, a program that covers both the East and West Coast music scenes in Canada. Brothers beat out over 100 other potential hosts for that gig, but the job was eventually eliminated due to cutbacks.

Still, he's always had bigger dreams.

Brothers has no idea when he will start work for The Score, but he says right now he's "on cloud 11...no, make that cloud 13."

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Next Sportscaster on The Score, Score Media Inc., The Search For Canada

Geographic location: Falls, Halifax, Nova Scotia Toronto West Coast Canada

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  • Linda
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Awesome...Congrats Paul! All of your former King's classmates are very proud of you!

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Hey Paul, congratulations! You did us proud and I wish your Dad all the best.

  • Tanya
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    One of the proudest moments ever for the Town of Bishop's Falls! And a great way to end off our Centennial year!!! Congrats Paul, and all the best to you and your family!!!

  • Linda
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Awesome...Congrats Paul! All of your former King's classmates are very proud of you!

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    Hey Paul, congratulations! You did us proud and I wish your Dad all the best.

  • Tanya
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    One of the proudest moments ever for the Town of Bishop's Falls! And a great way to end off our Centennial year!!! Congrats Paul, and all the best to you and your family!!!