To become a sports analyst, pursue a degree in sports communication or sports studies. According to the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator website, about 35 colleges in the United States offer degree programs in sports communication or sports studies. To become a news analyst in general, a student can major in journalism or communications.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the minimum educational requirement to work as a news analyst is typically a bachelor's degree. If a bachelor's degree is in a field other than journalism or communications, potential employers may prefer the applicant earn a master's degree in journalism. Aspiring news analysts generally also need experience from internships and work at college newspapers or radio and TV stations. Experience with audio, video, multimedia design and graphics may help aspiring broadcasters.