Dave Diamante, the Nets courtside announcer for six years, the last one in New Jersey and all five in Brooklyn is moving on. And the Nets will be auditioning his replacement
Diamante announced his decision via Instagram Thursday morning.
As I travel this wonderful journey known as life, I’ve been privileged to spend recent years as the in-arena announcer for the Brooklyn Nets. I’ll always be grateful to Barclays Center, the Nets, the NBA players I’ve been fortunate to watch, and the fans for sharing their world with me. I’m now at a point in my life where I need more flexibility in scheduling for at least a year to expand my career as a ring announcer and take advantage of opportunities in film and television that have come my way. That means I won’t be at courtside for the 2017-2018 NBA season. But I look forward to remaining part of the Barclays Center family for years to come and working ringside as part of the best boxing program in America.
The Nets thanked Diamante ... and set up an audition, July 18, at Barclays Center on Tuesday, at 3 p.m. The organization laid out the qualifications...
The PA announcer serves as the main voice of the Nets during all home games at Barclays Center. The role includes calling the starting lineup, game action, and other in-arena announcements....
PA ANNOUNCER QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge and passion for the NBA
Must know the rules of the game
Familiarity with the Nets’ market and region
Previous public address experience
A strong voice that will engage fans
Public speaking skills
Must be available to work all Nets home games, including evenings, weekends, and holidays
At the audition, the Nets told applicants what to expect...
Participants will be asked to do a script read and basketball calls over the PA during auditions. Finalists must be available for callbacks on Monday, July 31 at 2 p.m., which will include announcing for a game with local youth basketball teams at Barclays Center.
We assume that among those cards will be one with these words. “I said, that’s Brooklyn Ball!”
Good luck to all the applicants ... and of course Dave Diamante.