March Madness talent bios
Marv Albert will serve as a play-by-play announcer for Turner and CBS’ NCAA Division I Men’s Championship coverage. Albert enters his 12th season as a basketball play-by-play announcer for TNT’s exclusive Thursday night NBA coverage. Albert will work alongside Steve Kerr, who returns to TNT after spending three years as general manager of the Phoenix Suns. In addition, former NBA coach and current TNT analyst Mike Fratello will join the pair for select games. Albert had an exclusive interview with United States President Barack Obama that aired during TNT’s exclusive coverage of the Western Conference Finals. Obama discussed many topics including the state of the NBA, the Washington Wizards and his thoughts on LeBron James’ then impending free agency. Albert has served as play-by-play announcer on TNT's coverage of the 2000-2002 Wimbledon Championships. Albert worked as basketball play-by-play for the 2002 World Championships of Basketball and the 2001 Goodwill Games on TNT.
Albert has been the voice of the New Jersey Nets on the YES Network since 2005. He was the voice of the New York Knicks for 37 years and the New York Rangers for 39 years, working for the MSG Network. Albert served as the play-by-play voice for Westwood One Radio’s coverage of Monday Night Football from 2002-2009. Albert worked for NBC Sports from 1977-1997, serving as the primary play-by-play voice for the NBA on NBC, and announced college basketball, boxing, NFL football, NHL All-Star Games, baseball studio and pre-game shows. Albert rejoined NBC from 2000-2002 for their NBA coverage.
In 1997, Albert was awarded the “Curt Gowdy Media Award” by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, one of the Hall’s highest honors given to a journalist. Albert has won six CableACE Awards (1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995) as “Outstanding Play-By-Play Announcer.” Albert was named “New York State Sportscaster of the Year” 20 times. He has won three New York Emmy Awards in the “Outstanding On-Camera” category and was part of the production team that won four New York Emmy Awards in the category of “Live Event Coverage” for Knicks basketball. A veteran of calling NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball, Albert called games for NBC for over a decade beginning in 1977, including calling the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship for five years. In addition, Albert called NBC’s NCAA coverage including games in the Big East, Pac-10 and ACC.
Albert attended Syracuse University from 1960 to 1963; he graduated from New York University in 1965. His brother, Al Albert, has been the television voice of the Indiana Pacers the past 10 years; his brother Steve Albert is the boxing voice for Showtime. His son, Kenny Albert, is one of MSG’s voices for the New York Rangers’ games on radio as well as a play-by-play for Fox’s NFL and MLB coverage; he has three other children: Brian, Denise and Jackie.
David Aldridge will serve as a sideline reporter for Turner and CBS’ NCAA Division I Men’s Championship coverage. Aldridge has served as the NBA Insider for TNT’s coverage of the NBA since 2004, making select appearances on the network’s Inside the NBA studio show and serving as a sideline reporter at games. He contributes updates, news and features from around the league. Aldridge is also a regular contributor to NBA TV and NBA.com. He appears each week on The Beat, a show that covers news and storylines from around the NBA, with NBA beat writers and reporters serving as regular guests. In addition, Aldridge writes for NBA.com, including his popular column The Morning Tip which posts each Monday on the site.Aldridge has served as a field reporter for the network’s exclusive coverage of the MLB Division Series since 2007.
Aldridge spent eight years with ESPN reporting on the NBA and writing for ESPN.com. He was also a sideline reporter for ESPN and ABC in 2003 and 2004. From February 2007 to June 2008, Aldridge appeared as a co-host on The Tony Kornheiser Show on Washington Post Radio. Aldridge covered the NFL and NBA as a reporter and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2004-08.Aldridge spent nine years with the Washington Post as a beat writer covering Georgetown University basketball, the Washington Bullets (now Washington Wizards) and the Washington Redskins. He covered numerous other sporting events as well, including the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, the World Series, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Indianapolis 500 and the U.S. Open tennis championships.In 2002, Aldridge received the Sam Lacy Award as Journalist of the Year from the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.
Aldridge is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C.
Greg Anthony, a former UNLV standout and 12-year National Basketball Association veteran, joined CBS Sports in 2008 as lead studio analyst for the CBS Television Network’s coverage of college basketball, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Anthony teams with Greg Gumbel and Seth Davis in the studio for the NCAA Tournament on THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR. He also serves as an analyst for CBS Sports’ regular-season games. In addition, Anthony is a studio analyst for NBATV.
Anthony, the career assists leader at UNLV, helped the Runnin’ Rebels win the national championship in 1990. He was a two-time Honorable Mention AP All-American in 1990 and 1991. Anthony graduated from UNLV with abachelor’s degree in Political Science. He was drafted in 1991 by the New York Knicks. During his professional basketball career he played for New York, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Milwaukee and Chicago. Upon retirement from the NBA, Anthony served as an analyst for ESPN and ABC’s NBA coverage. He also served as analyst for CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK’s regular-season basketball game and studio.
Anthony is Vice Chairman for Young Republicans for the state of Nevada. In 1990 he was Assistant to the Ambassador for the G8 meetings in Houston, as well as a member of President Bush’s delegation for the Summer Olympics in Australia. Anthony has established the Gregory C. Anthony Foundation, which promotes education and cancer awareness and research.
Charles Barkley will serve as a studio analyst for Turner and CBS’ NCAA Division I Men’s Championship coverage. Barkley is in his 11th full season as an NBA studio analyst for TNT’s Emmy award-winning studio show Inside the NBA, working alongside host Ernie Johnson and analyst Kenny Smith. Inside the NBA follows TNT’s exclusive Thursday night doubleheader NBA coverage. Barkley will also make several appearances on NBA TV during the 2010-11 NBA season.In 2002-03 Barkley was featured in a 30-minute Thursday night talk show series on TNT called, “Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith.” The live, studio-based show aired prior to TNT’s exclusive Thursday night NBA coverage and encompassed a wide range of topics, from sports to news to entertainment.Barkley was named the 2002 "Personality of the Year" by Sports Illustrated.
Drafted out of Auburn University by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1984, Barkley spent eight seasons with the 76ers before being dealt to the Phoenix Suns shortly after the 1991-92 season in exchange for Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry and Andrew Lang. After four seasons in Phoenix, Barkley was traded to the Houston Rockets in August 1996 for Robert Horry, Sam Cassell, Mark Bryant and Chucky Brown. Barkley retired after the 1999-2000 NBA season, which was his 16th season as an NBA player. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Barkley won the NBA’s MVP Award in 1993, is a five-time All-NBA first team selection and was a member of 11 All-Star teams. While representing the United States, Barkley was the leading scorer for the gold medal-winning 1992 Olympic Dream Team and the 1996 Olympic Team. One of the NBA’s greatest players, Barkley is 18th all-time in NBA scoring and is one of only four players in NBA history with 23,000 points, 12,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists. Barkley played for three years at Auburn Univeristy where he led the SEC in rebounding each year. In addition, he received numerous awards including SEC Player of the Year in 1984, three All-SEC selections and one Second Team All-American selection. Barkley’s No. 34 jsersey was retired at the school in 2001.
Barkley has authored three books: Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man? (2005), I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It (2002) and Outrageous! (1992). Barkley has his own Nike shoe called “CB4.” Barkley has made numerous donations to the Auburn University Foundation, the Cornerstone Schools in Alabama, Leeds High School (his alma mater), Macedonia Baptist Church (Leeds, AL) and the Minority Health & Research Center at UAB Birmingham.
This is Dan Bonner’s 21st year as an analyst for CBS Sports' NCAA Men's Basketball Championship coverage. In 2006, he served as reporter for the Final Four and Championship games. He served as an analyst for CBS Sports' coverage of the 2000 and 2001 Final Four and Championship games in HDTV. He also serves as an analyst for regular-season college basketball games for CBS Sports and Fox Sports Net and has called ACC games for Raycom Sports since 1983. In addition, he has called the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship nine times for CBS Sports.
Bonner also filled that role for NCAA Productions' broadcasts of tournament games from 1985-90. From 2004-07 he served as the assistant athletic director and assistant girls’ soccer coach for Robert E. Lee High School, having previously coached the girls’ basketball team from 1999 to 2003. He was named the Virginia Group AA Coach of the Year for the 2002-03 season.
Bonner played for the University of Virginia (1971-75). In 1975, he captained the team and was named Academic All-ACC. He coached the Virginia women's basketball team from 1975-77. Bonner lives in Staunton, Va., with his wife, Terry, and three children, Coleman, Keary and Sarah.
Tim Brando is in his 16th year as play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports as part of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship coverage. Brando also serves as the host of COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, the Network’s pre-game and studio show. He has called play-by-play for the CBS Television Network's coverage of the NFL and also serves as host of AT THE HALF, CBS Sports' college basketball halftime studio show. Brando called play-by-play for CBS Sports' college football coverage in 1997. In addition, Brando is the lead play-by-play announcer for ACC “Sunday Night Basketball” on Fox Sports Network. He provides commentary for Raycom’s coverage of SEC and ACC basketball broadcasts and hosts the "Tim Brando Show" every afternoon on Sporting News Radio. Brando has called play-by-play for SEC football and basketball games and SportSouth television's coverage of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and MLB's Atlanta Braves. He has called more than 25 different sports during his career. Brando was studio host for "SportsCenter," ESPN's college football halftime show (1986-94) and ESPN's coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship (1987-90). He served as play-by-play announcer for TNT during the 1994 NBA Playoffs.
Brando was sports director for WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, La. and the voice of LSU basketball games (1981-86). In 2009, Brando received the Jake Wade Award from the College Sports Information Directors of America, given annually for contributions in sports of the values of Intercollegiate Athletics. He graduated from Northeast Louisiana in 1978 with a degree in radio/television management.
Brando was born Feb. 27, 1956, in Shreveport, La., and resides in his hometown, with his wife, Terri, and two daughters, Tiffany and Tara.
Seth Davis is working his eighth year as a contributor for CBS Sports as part of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship coverage. He serves as analyst on AT THE HALF®, the Network’s college basketball halftime show, for the Network’s regular-season basketball coverage. Davis also has served as an analyst for CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK since 2004. Davis is in his second season as host of COURTSIDE WITH SETH DAVIS, a weekly primetime show on CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK. He joined CBS Sports in 2003 as a contributor for AT THE HALF. In 2004 Davis was a reporter for CBS Sports’ THE NFL TODAY.
He writes features for Sports Illustrated, and has contributed to the magazine’s “Golf Plus” since 1995. Davis is a regular contributor to SI.com, where he authors his popular “Hoop Thoughts” column. Prior to joining Sports Illustrated, he spent three years at the New Haven Register, covering primarily local sports, the NFL, NBA and college basketball. Last year Davis’ second book, WHEN MARCH WENT MAD: The Game That Transformed Basketball became a New York Times Bestseller. He also is the author of a memoir, Equinunk, Tell Your Story: My Return to Summer Camp, which was published in 2003.
Davis graduated in 1992 with a degree in Political Science from Duke University where he served as a sports columnist for The Chronicle. He has performed stand-up comedy in various clubs throughout New York City. Born in Connecticut and raised in Potomac, Md., he currently resides in Ridgefield, Conn., with his wife, Melissa and sons, Zachary, Noah and Gabriel, born in December 2009.
This is Spero Dedes second year as play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports as part of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship coverage. Dedes also called regular-season basketball this season for the Network. He is currently in his sixth season as the radio play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers. In addition to his role with the Lakers, Dedes serves as the lead host of NFL Network’s GameDay Morning pregame show alongside Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp and Steve Mariucci.
He continues a long line of sports broadcasting excellence produced by Fordham University’s WFUV Radio that began with the legendary voice of the Dodgers Vin Scully in the late 1940s. At the age of 30, he has already called games for three of the four major television networks, as well as the nation’s premier radio network. Prior to his move to Los Angeles to join the Lakers and NFL Network, Dedes was based in New York, working as a play-by-play announcer and host for both NBA TV and the New York Yankees-owned and operated regional sports network, YES.
His extensive resume also includes play-by-play on Westwood One’s coverage of NCAA football and basketball. Dedes has also called NFL action on FOX, and in August 2004 was stationed in Athens as a reporter/play-by-play announcer on NBC’s coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics. Dedes began his broadcasting career at WFAN Radio in New York where he handled “20/20” updates and served as New York Jets beat reporter. Also in 2001, he worked as the radio voice of the Arena Football League’s New Jersey Gladiators.
A native of Paramus, N.J., and a 2001 Fordham graduate, Dedes was the inaugural recipient of the Marty Glickman Award, given to the Fordham announcer who best exemplifies the standards set by the late sports broadcasting icon. In the off-season, Dedes divides his summer between Los Angeles, New Jersey and a family home in Greece.
Ian Eagle joined CBS Sports in March 1998 as a play-by-play announcer for the CBS Television Network’s coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. He has called play-by-play for the Network’s coverage of the National Football League since 1998. In addition, Eagle called the Network’s high definition television coverage of the 2001 AFC Divisional Playoffs and 2000 AFC Championship Game, as well as the Army-Navy football game for seven years (2002-08), and the NCAA Track and Field Championships for the past seven years (2004-10) and served as the studio host for the “U.S. Open Late Night Highlight Show” during the 2004 and 2005. He has called play-by-play and been a contributor for CBS Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), as well as the French Open for the “Tennis Channel” (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). Eagle also called the Masters® and PGA Championship for Direct TV/CBSSports.com in 2010, 2009 and 2008.
This season marks Eagle’s 11th year calling New York Jets’ pre-season games on WCBS-TV in New York. He again will serve as play-by-play announcer for Westwood One Radio’s Thursday Night NFL Broadcasts (2010), and has been behind the mic for NFL playoff games each of the last three years. He served in the same role for Westwood One during its NCAA Tournament coverage in 2008, 2009 and 2010. From 2005-08 he hosted the NBA show “Full Court Press” on Sirius Radio. Eagle also has called the NBA playoffs for TNT and NBA-TV. And he has been the play-by-play voice of “NBA ‘09” with Kenny “The Jet” Smith for the Sony PSP video game.
Eagle also served as the blow-by-blow commentator for CBS Sports’ coverage of the Showtime Championship Boxing series in 2000. He has served as the play-by-play announcer for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets television broadcasts since 1995, after having called play-by-play for radio broadcasts the previous year. Eagle was nominated for a 2008 New York Sports Emmy for Outstanding Play-by-Play announcer and won a 2002 New York Sports Emmy Award for game coverage of the dramatic Nets-Indiana Pacers playoff Game 5. He was the play-by-play radio voice for the NFL’s New York Jets in 1997 and also was a reporter for TNT’s coverage of the NBA playoffs in 1996. Eagle joined WFAN Radio in New York in 1990 as a producer and debuted as host of his own show in 1992. He hosted Jets pre- and post-game shows on WFAN from 1993 to 1996.
For the past nine years Eagle has hosted, along with Bruce Beck, the “Bruce Beck and Ian Eagle Sportscasters Camp” (www.sportsbroadcastingcamp.com) for kids.
A 1990 graduate of Syracuse University, Eagle was the play-by-play voice of the Orangemen for football, basketball and lacrosse, and was awarded the Bob Costas Award for Outstanding Sportscasting. He lives in Essex Fells, N.J., with his wife, Alisa, and two children.
Len Elmore returned to CBS Sports in 2003 for NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship coverage. He is serving his 13th year as an analyst for the Network's NCAA Men's Basketball Championship coverage. Elmore has served as a college basketball analyst for ESPN for the past 14 consecutive years, calling ACC and Big East games including the Big East Tournament. Elmore served as an analyst for ABC Sports. He worked as an analyst for CBS Sports from 1989-92 and served the same role for Raycom/Jefferson Pilot. He is an eight-year NBA veteran, having played with the Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks. Elmore played two seasons with the ABA’s Indiana Pacers in 1975-76 before the Pacers entered the NBA.
He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1974 where he was a three-time All-ACC player and an All-American in 1974. In 2002, the 50th Anniversary of the ACC, Elmore was chosen as one of the ACC’s Top 50 Players of all time. Elmore also graduated from Harvard Law School in 1987 and began his law career as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y. Elmore currently serves on The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Reform, the University of Maryland Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of both 1800Flowers.com and Lee Enterprises, Inc. He also served as President of the National Basketball Retired Players Association.
Elmore is a New York native and was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. Elmore was born March 28, 1952, and resides in New York.
Mike Gminski joined CBS Sports in 2004. This is his eighth year as an analyst for CBS Sports' coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. He currently serves the same role for Fox Sports Net on its coverage of Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball.
Gminski spent eight years as a commentator for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. He played basketball for Duke University (1977-80) and was a two-time All-American, three-time Academic All-American and the 1979 ACC Player of the Year. He led Duke to the NCAA Championship game in 1978 against Kentucky and his jersey number 43 was retired at Duke.
Gminski was the seventh pick in the 1980 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets and played seven years for New Jersey where he led the Nets to five consecutive playoff berths. Gminski retired in 1994 after a 14-year career where he played on four NBA teams -- New Jersey, Philadelphia, Charlotte and Milwaukee.
He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Advisors for Duke Children’s Hospital and resides in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife, Stacy and son, Noah.
Greg Gumbel returned to CBS Sports in January 1998 as host and play-by-play announcer. He teamed for six seasons (1998-2003) with analyst Phil Simms to form the CBS Television Network’s lead NFL announce team. Gumbel called CBS's coverage of Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVIII, at the time making him the first and only network broadcaster to call play-by-play and host a Super Bowl. Gumbel then hosted THE NFL TODAY for two seasons (2004, 2005), before returning to the booth to team with Dan Dierdorf. He will do so once again for the 2010 NFL ON CBS season. Gumbel also hosts CBS Sports' coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
Gumbel, who along with Terry Bradshaw hosted the most popular NFL pre-game show in television history from 1990 to 1993 on CBS, returned as host of THE NFL TODAY with analysts Boomer Esiason, Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe for the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
Gumbel worked for CBS Sports from October 1989 through May 1994. He hosted THE NFL TODAY, the Network's NFL pre-game, halftime and post-game studio show (1990-93, 2004-05), including Super Bowl XXVI (1992). He served as primetime anchor of CBS Sports' coverage of the 1994 Olympic Winter Games and as co-anchor of the Network's weekday-morning broadcasts of the 1992 Olympic Winter Games. Gumbel also served as host of the Network's coverage of Speedweeks from Daytona International Speedway in 1999, as well as host/play-by-play announcer for the College World Series (2000-02). His other hosting roles have included regular-season and post-season Major League Baseball and college football broadcasts for CBS Sports.
Gumbel had worked for NBC Sports (1994-98) as a host and play-by-play announcer. He served as host of "The NFL on NBC" pre-game show and NBC's Super Bowl pre-game shows in 1996 and 1998. In addition, he served as host of the pre-game show for the 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and as a play-by-play announcer on NBC's "Baseball Night in America" regular-season and post-season games. Gumbel also served as a play-by-play announcer for "The NBA on NBC." He was the host of the 1995 World Figure Skating Championships and of NBC's daytime coverage of the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta.
While at CBS, Gumbel also provided play-by-play for regular-season college basketball and the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, NBA regular-season and playoff games and College World Series championship games. He worked for the Network on a part-time basis in September 1988 as a play-by-play announcer for NFL games.
Gumbel's pre-CBS experience includes hosting roles for New York Knicks basketball and New York Yankees baseball for the Madison Square Garden Network, as well as three other weekly MSGN programs. He won a local Emmy Award while there. He also has worked for ESPN, WMAQ-TV Chicago, where he won two local Emmys, and WFAN Radio in New York City. Gumbel was the recipient of the 2007 Pat Summerall Award for excellence in sports broadcasting.
Gumbel served as a member of the March of Dimes Board of Trustees for 10 years. After completing the maximum two five-year terms allowed, he has served as a member of the March of Dimes National Board of Advisors for the past three years. Gumbel is a member of the St Jude Sports Council, which provides guidance and direction to the mission of St Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Gumbel was born May 3, 1946, in New Orleans and grew up in Chicago. He was graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1967 with a degree in English and has recently accepted a request to become a member of the Board of Regents for his alma mater. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Kevin Harlan will serve as a play-by-play announcer for Turner and CBS’ NCAA Division I Men’s Championship coverage. Harlan is in his 13th year as a play-by-play announcer for TNT, calling games for the network’s NBA exclusive Thursday night doubleheader coverage. Harlan also calls play-by-play for TNT’s NBA Playoffs coverage.
arlan has served as a play-by-play announcer for several other Turner Sports events including gymnastics during the 2001 Goodwill Games, the 1999 Tournament of the Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament from San Juan, Puerto Rico, the 1998 Goodwill Games basketball coverage; the 50th and 51st annual Delchamps Senior Bowl from Ladd Memorial Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and the 1998 and 1999 Micron PC Bowls.
Harlan is the play-by-play voice for Westwood One Radio’s Monday Night Football coverage, working alongside analyst Boomer Esiason. He will continue to call Sunday NFL games for CBS and has previously announced NFL games for Fox Sports and ESPN. Harlan also serves as a play-by-play voice of Westwood One Radio’s NCAA Final Four coverage. From 1989-98, Harlan worked as the voice of the Minnesota Timberwolves on KFAN-AM Radio and on KARE-TV, the Timberwolves’ television network. From 1993-95, Harlan called games on television with fellow TNT/NBA TV analyst Kevin McHale.Harlan was the voice of the Kansas City Chiefs for nine seasons and also called college football for ESPN. Prior to that, he called football and basketball at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri. He began in the business at the age of 22 as the radio and television voice of the Kansas City Kings. Harlan has also covered the NBA Conference Finals for the NBA radio network.
Harlan is the son of Green Bay Packers Chair Emeritus, Bob Harlan. Harlan was born in Milwaukee and is a 1982 graduate of the University of Kansas.
Two-time Emmy award-winner Ernie Johnson will serve as a studio host for Turner and CBS’ NCAA Division I Men’s Championship coverage. Johnson is in his 21st year as the studio host for Turner’s NBA telecasts, hosting TNT's Emmy award-winning Inside the NBA studio show with analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. Johnson is also the studio host for NBA TV’s acclaimed Fan Night every Tuesday, working alongside analysts Chris Webber and Kevin McHale. Each week, fans can vote on NBA.com for the NBA match-up they most want to see televised on the network the following Tuesday. In 2010, Johnson served as a game analyst for TBS’ exclusive coverage of the 2010 MLB Division Series and American League Championship Series. He also served as a play-by-play announcer for select “Sunday MLB on TBS” games and for the Atlanta Braves on Turner-owned Peachtree TV in Atlanta. Johnson served as TBS’ studio host for the network’s Postseason coverage from 2007-09. He also was the studio host of TBS’ exclusive coverage of the MLB All-Star Selection Show from 2007-09.
From 1999-2005 and 2007-10, Johnson served as host and play-by-play announcer for TNT’s coverage of professional golf, including the PGA Championship, British Open, President’s Cup and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. From 2001-2005 Johnson hosted TBS Saturday Night College Football. He was also the studio host for TNT’s NFL coverage from 1990-1994 and an on-site game host for the 1995 and 1996 seasons. Johnson hosted TNT's coverage of the Wimbledon Championships from 2000-02. Johnson worked in various roles for the 2001 Goodwill Games from Brisbane, Australia, the 1998 Goodwill Games from New York, the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia, the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France and the 1994 Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
Johnson called Atlanta Braves games on SportSouth from 1993-96 with his dad, Ernie Johnson Sr. He began his career while attending the University of Georgia as news and sports director for WAGQ-FM, Athens, Ga. (1977-78). Following graduation, Johnson joined WMAZ-TV, Macon, Ga. as news anchor (1979-81). In 1981, he served as news reporter for WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, S.C. and from 1983-89 he worked for WSB-TV in Atlanta as a weekend sports anchor and reporter.
In 2007 Johnson was presented with the first honorary “John Wooden Keys to Life Award,” presented by Athletes in Action, which is awarded to individuals who exemplify Wooden’s Seven Keys to Life including character, integrity and faith. Johnson was the recipient of an Emmy for Best Studio Host/Personality in 2006 and 2001. With Johnson at the helm, TNT’s Inside the NBA has won three Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Studio Show-Daily. Johnson was also awarded the 1989 Georgia-area Emmy for Outstanding Achievement-Television News Excellence/Sports Reporting and received a prestigious Georgia Associated Press Award for sports reporting in 1988. In 1984, he received a United Press International Award for Sportscasting. A graduate of Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, he was named Outstanding Young Alumnus in 1986.
Gus Johnson joined CBS Sports in 1995 as a play-by-play announcer for the CBS Television Network's coverage of college basketball, including the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. He called CBS Sports' HDTV broadcast of the 2000, 2001 and 2002 Final Four and championship games.
He also has provided play-by-play for the Network's NFL coverage since 1998. Johnson's credits at CBS Sports include play-by-play for college football, track and field, boxing, the Hambletonian, and bobsled and luge at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games. He served as host of AT THE HALF, CBS Sports' college basketball halftime studio show, and SPORTSDESK, CBS Sports' wraparound studio show. Johnson also serves as play-by-play announcer for the Big Ten Network.
In 2009, he was named play-by-play announcer for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. In addition, he served as play-by-play announcer for CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS and is a practicing martial artist who has studied Kung Fu and boxing, and continues studying Jiu-Jitsu. Johnson was the radio voice of the NBA's New York Knicks from 1994-2010 on the Madison Square Garden Network (MSG). He also served as the play-by-play announcer for MSG’s coverage of the WNBA's New York Liberty. He served as anchor and reporter for MSGN's "SportsDesk" and has provided commentary for that network's coverage of the New York City Golden Gloves Tournament.
He also has served as host of "AT&T Yankees Scorecard" and New York Rangers and Knicks "GameNight." In addition, Johnson has called play-by-play for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, Big East Basketball on the Big East Network, college basketball on ESPN and the Canadian Football League on ESPN2. Prior to joining MSGN, he hosted "Black College Sports Today" on ESPN and was the weekend anchor for WTTG-TV Washington, D.C. (1991-92).
Johnson graduated from Howard University with a degree in political science. He lives in New York, and has one son.
Clark Kellogg was named the lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports’ coverage of college basketball, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in July 2008. Kellogg has been a CBS Sports college basketball game and studio analyst for the past 19 years. This year marks his third as lead analyst, partnering with Jim Nantz. Kellogg is only the second CBS Sports lead college game analyst since Billy Packer joined the Network in 1982.
Kellogg called his first Final Four and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in April 2009. He joined CBS full-time in 1997 as a studio/game analyst for college basketball coverage. Kellogg served as a game analyst for the CBS Television Network's NCAA Tournament coverage in 1993 and 1994 and as studio co-host for first- and second-round coverage from 1994 to 1997. He has co-hosted THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR since 1997.
From 1990-97, he served as an analyst for ESPN's regular-season basketball coverage. He has worked for the Big East Network and Prime Sports. Kellogg has served as television analyst for the NBA's Indiana Pacers broadcasts since 1990.
He played for Ohio State (1979-82) and earned All-Big Ten and Most Valuable Player honors (1982). Kellogg was the No. 1 draft pick of the Indiana Pacers in 1982 and played five seasons before retiring with chronic knee problems. He received a marketing degree from Ohio State in December 1996. Born July 2, 1961, Kellogg lives in Westerville, Ohio, with his wife, Rosy, and three children.
Steve Kerr will serve as a game analyst for Turner and CBS’ NCAA Division I Men’s Championship coverage. Kerr returned to Turner Sports as an NBA analyst for TNT's exclusive Thursday night NBA coverage during the 2010-11 season. Kerr will join play-by-play announcer Marv Albert, with analyst Mike Fratello joining the team for select games throughout the season. Kerr will also serve as a key contributor for NBA TV and NBA.com, providing analysis and commentary for The Finals, NBA All -Star Weekend and the NBA Draft. Kerr spent four seasons with TNT as a game analyst from 2003-2007, when he called a full slate of regular season and playoff games. He also worked on TNT marquee events, including three NBA All-Star Games and three consecutive Conference Finals.
Before returning to TNT, Kerr served as the president of basketball operations and general manager for the Phoenix Suns from 2007-2010. In 2010, the Suns advanced to the Western Conference Finals, losing in six games to the eventual champions Los Angeles Lakers. Kerr is the all-time best three-point player at .454 (726/1,599), as well as the single season leader in three-point accuracy, hitting .524 (89-170) of his attempts during the 1994-95 season. He also won the 1997 Long Distance Shootout, competing in the event from 1994-97.He won three NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98) and two NBA titles with the San Antonio Spurs (1998-99 and 2002-03). Kerr is just the second player in NBA history to win two championships with two different teams in consecutive seasons (joining Frank Saul of the 1950-51 Rochester Royals and the 1951-52 Minneapolis Lakers). He was named to the NBA All-Interview Second Team in both 1998 and 1999. He has appeared in 835 regular season games, averaging 6.2 points, 1.9 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per contest. Kerr played at the University of Arizona from 1983-1988.
He and wife Margot have three children, Nicholas, Madeleine and Matthew. Kerr currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio chapter of Boys Hope, Girls Hope, and an active member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Kerr is also a member of the Board of Directors for “Playing For Peace,” an organization that uses basketball as a means to bring communities facing conflict together. He graduated from University of Arizona with a degree in general studies.
Verne Lundquist first joined CBS Sports in 1982, during his tenure he has broadcast more than 20 different sports for the Network. Currently, Lundquist serves as the lead play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports’ coverage of college football, alongside analyst Gary Danielson. In addition he serves as a play-by-play announcer for the Network’s coverage of NCAA Basketball, including the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. He provides commentary for the Masters, the PGA Championship, among other PGA TOUR events.
Lundquist was inducted into the National Sportscaster and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in April 2007. He marked his 26th year covering the Masters in 2009 and was a regular member of CBS’s golf announce team from 1983-95. Lundquist returned to CBS Sports in 1998 after having previously worked for CBS from 1983-95. During his career, he worked with Terry Bradshaw and Dan Fouts, and occasionally with lead analyst John Madden, on the network's NFL broadcasts and was lead play-by-play announcer for CBS’s coverage of figure skating during the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games.
He had extensive involvement in the network’s previous coverage of the NBA. His extensive credits at CBS Sports include track and field, swimming and diving, boxing, volleyball, gymnastics, soccer, weightlifting, free-style skiing, archery, horse racing and horse jumping. He spent eight years at ABC Sports and three years as a play-by-play announcer for TNT’s coverage of the NFL, NBA and golf and figure skating coverage (1995-97).
He is well known in Texas as the long-time radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys (1972-84). Lundquist was sports director at WFAA-TV in Dallas for 16 years and won seven consecutive Texas Sportscaster of the Year Awards (1977-83). He was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2003. Lundquist was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. It was the first time in the 55-year history of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame that members of the media were inducted. Lundquist was part of the inaugural class along with seven other legendary sportscasters and sports writers. He was named a 2005 Legend of the Sun Bowl by the Sun Bowl Association. Lundquist presented former Pittsburgh Steelers great Terry Bradshaw at his induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Lundquist began his career at KTBC-TV in Austin at a station owned by President and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson. He has played himself in three movies. Born July 17, 1940, in Duluth, Minn., he grew up in Everett, Wash., and Austin, Texas. Lundquist earned his bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Texas Lutheran University in 1962 and received that school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He lives in Steamboat Springs, Colo., with his wife, Nancy, and serves on the Board of Directors of the summer chamber music festival, “Strings Musical Festival.” In 2009 Lundquist became a member of Texas Lutheran's Board of Regents.
Reggie Miller will serve as a game analyst for Turner and CBS’ NCAA Division I Men’s Championship coverage. The 2010-11 season marks Reggie Miller’s sixth year as an NBA analyst for TNT. He serves as a game analyst alongside play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan for the network’s exclusive Thursday night NBA doubleheader coverage. Miller will also make several appearances on NBA TV throughout the 2010-11 season. Miller spent his first two seasons with the network splitting duty between calling games and making guest analyst appearances on TNT’s Emmy award-winning Inside the NBA, featuring host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. In addition, he served as a studio analyst during the 2010 Western Conference Finals.
Miller attended UCLA and was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 11th pick of the 1st round of the 1987 NBA draft where he remained until his retirement in 2005. Miller holds the NBA 3-point field goal record with 2,560 career three-pointers. Miller was a member of the gold medal-winning Olympic men’s basketball team in 1996 and of the Team USA for the 1994 and 2002 World Championships. Miller was the first Indiana Pacer to start in an NBA All-Star game, first doing so in 1995. He was also selected to the All-Star team in 1990, 1996, 1998 and 2000. On May 7, 1995, Miller scored eight points in the last 8.9 seconds of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Knicks, leading the Pacers to a 107-105 victory. He buried a three-point shot, stole the inbounds pass, walked back behind the arc and buried another three-point shot. Two free throws later, Miller had pulled off the legendary feat. On April 11, 2005, in a game versus the Toronto Raptors, Miller passed Jerry West to move into 12th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Miller played more games with the same team than all but two players in NBA history (John Stockton and Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz). While playing at UCLA, Miller led the Bruins to an NIT Championship in 1985, a Pac-10 regular season championship and Pac-10 men’s basketball tournament championship in 1987. Also that year, the Bruins advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship before losing to Wyoming. Miller is second in all-time scoring at UCLA behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Miller was born on Aug. 24, 1965, in Riverside, Calif. In 2006 Miller launched the film production company, Boom Baby Productions, in which he serves as executive producer for feature films. His older sister Cheryl, a basketball Hall of Fame inductee, also is a reporter for Turner Sports.
Jim Nantz, the 2009 and 2008 Emmy Award winner for “Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play” and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year, has covered virtually every sport for the CBS Television Network since joining it in 1985. He has been the lead play-by-play voice for THE NFL ON CBS since 2004, teaming up with lead analyst Phil Simms on the Network’s number one NFL announce team. For six years (1998-2003) he anchored the Network's NFL pre-game studio show, THE NFL TODAY. In addition, Nantz is the anchor of CBS's golf coverage, including the Masters and the PGA Championship and lead play-by-play announcer for college basketball, including the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and Final Four.
In 2010, Nantz repeated a rare broadcasting triple in 63 days beginning with his call of the most-watched program in television history, Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, followed by the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Final Four and the Masters in April. During the same time span in 2007, Nantz became the first commentator in history to complete the rare broadcasting three-feat -- calling Super Bowl XLI, the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Final Four and the Masters.
In April 2010, Nantz was honored with his second consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality -- Play-By-Play at the Sports Emmy Awards in New York City. In May 2010, Nantz was honored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association with the 2009 National Sportscaster of the Year award. This marks the fifth time overall and third consecutive year, having also won it in 2008, 2007, 2005 and 1998. With this fifth honor, Nantz has won this prestigious award more times than any other CBS sportscaster. Nantz also was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as the youngest recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2002.
Among his many other credits, Nantz has served as the host of THE SUPER BOWL TODAY, CBS Sports' Super Bowl XXXV and XXXVIII pregame shows; and was the primetime host of CBS Sports' coverage of the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.
In 2008, Nantz co-authored with Eli Spielman the New York Times bestseller, Always By My Side. The book climbed to No. 3 on the New York Times list making it the highest ranking achieved that year by a sports book. Always By My Side spent seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Nantz told his personal stories from football, basketball and golf and how he met people along the way who reminded him of the virtues his father instilled in him. The foreword to the book was written by one of his father figures and dear friend, former President George H.W. Bush. The paperback edition of Always By My Side was released on May 5, 2009 – updated and expanded, including a new afterword.
For Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, Nantz was the Host and Chairman of the first-ever Super Bowl Opening Ceremony and concert spectacular: Super Bowl XXXVIII: A Houston Salute. Nantz created and organized the event with former President George Bush, the chairman of the event. Along with former President Bush, and 41 of Houston’s sports legends, they welcomed the Super Bowl to the city by officially kicking off Super Bowl week.
Nantz began his tenure at CBS Sports as host of the Network's college football studio show (1985-88). He was lead play-by-play announcer for CBS's coverage of college football (1989-90) and went on to cover the NFL in 1991. By 1993, he was calling play-by-play for the Network's second-team coverage of THE NFL ON CBS regular-season and post-season broadcasts. He returned as the lead voice of college football in 1996, calling the National Championship Games for the 1996 and 1997 seasons (Fiesta Bowl; Nebraska vs. Florida and Orange Bowl; Tennessee vs. Nebraska, respectively). In 1997, he returned to the studio to anchor COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY. His lead role in college football has included coverage of the Orange, Cotton, Fiesta, Sun, Gator and Blockbuster Bowls.
Nantz joined the CBS Sports golf team in 1985. He became the anchor of the Network's golf coverage in April 1994 and was partnered with Ken Venturi until June 2002, and Lanny Wadkins until 2006, before Nick Faldo assumed the lead analyst role in 2007. Nantz has hosted CBS Sports’ coverage of the Masters® since 1988 and the PGA Championship since 1991, and served as anchor of the biennial Presidents Cup in 1994 and 1996.
Nantz took over as lead play-by-play announcer for college basketball in 1990 where he was teamed with Billy Packer until 2008. In 2009, Clark Kellogg joined Nantz mid-court to call the action of the regular-season and NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship games. Nantz has called the play-by-play on more network broadcasts of the Final Four and Championship game than any other announcer in the tournament's history. From 1986 to 1990, he served as host of CBS's coverage of the NCAA Tournament and Final Four. Nantz also handled the play-by-play for regular- and post-season coverage of THE NBA ON CBS from 1986 to 1989.
Nantz's myriad assignments for CBS Sports include play-by-play at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships for nine years overall, co-hosting the weekend daytime coverage of the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games and coverage of NCAA track and field, skiing, speed skating, baseball, swimming and diving, gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Festival and Pan American Games and even polo. He also served as host of the Network's coverage of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1994, 1995, 2000 and 2001. In addition, he had a prominent role in Kevin Costner's 1996 hit movie Tin Cup.
In 2005, Nantz established his own production company, Jim Nantz Productions. As executive producer, Nantz’s company annually produces a Masters Sunday special and to date, the following specials have aired: JIM NANTZ REMEMBERS AUGUSTA: THE 1986 MASTERS (2006); JIM NANTZ REMEMBERS AUGUSTA: THE 1960 MASTERS (2007); JIM NANTZ REMEMBERS AUGUSTA: THE 1978 MASTERS (2008); JIM NANTZ REMEMBERS AUGUSTA: SEVE AT THE MASTERS (2009) and JIM NANTZ REMEMBERS AUGUSTA: THE 1977 MASTERS (2010). THE 1960 MASTERS special made television history by showcasing a sporting event that originally aired live in black and white and was re-broadcast in color. This special was nominated for a 2007 George Wensel Technical Achievement Sports Emmy Award.
Nantz was graduated in 1981 with a degree in radio/television from the University of Houston, where he was recruited as a member of the golf team. He received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from his alma mater in May 2001 in recognition of his contributions to his profession and to the university. While a student at Houston, he held a variety of broadcasting jobs, which led to positions at the city's CBS stations KHOU-TV and KTRH Radio. Before joining CBS Sports, Nantz was an anchor at KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, then a CBS affiliate. While at KSL, he also broadcast Utah Jazz basketball games and did play-by-play with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young for BYU football games, including the 1984 National Championship year.
He was born May 17, 1959, in Charlotte, N.C., and grew up in Colts Neck, N.J.
Bill Raftery is in his 29th season as an analyst for CBS Sports' college basketball coverage. Raftery also serves as an analyst for CBS Radio/Westwood One’s coverage of the NCAA Men's Final Four. He also is an analyst for college basketball on ESPN. Raftery served as an analyst for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.
Since 1981, Raftery has announced several events, including the Big Ten Championship, the ACC Championship, the Big East Championship, the SEC Championship, the McDonald's High School All-Star game and the NIT pre-season and championship games. Raftery co-hosted THE BASKETBALL SHOW with Pat O’Brien and called NBA ON CBS action. He served as course commentator for the First of America Senior PGA TOUR event in Grand Rapids, Mich., as well as other Senior TOUR events. Raftery was the studio host for ESPN's coverage of the NCAA Tournament in 1980.
Prior to his broadcasting career, Raftery was head coach at Seton Hall University with 154-141 record from 1970-82. Prior to that he coached basketball and golf at Fairleigh Dickinson for five years, while also serving as associate athletic director. During his 16-year collegiate coaching career he gained three NIT and four ECAC Tournament berths and was named Coach of the Year in 1979 by the New Jersey Basketball Writers Association. Raftery played three seasons at LaSalle University under legendary coach Donald “Dudey” Moore. He set a freshman scoring mark with 370 points. The next year, he led the varsity team with 17.8 points per game and in his senior year, he co-captained the Explorers to the National Invitational Tournament. Following his senior year at LaSalle, he was drafted by the New York Knicks.
A New Jersey school-boy legend, prior to attending LaSalle, Raftery was an All-State selection in basketball, soccer and baseball at St. Cecilia High School in Kearny, N.J. He posted a New Jersey state record scoring 827 points in his senior year, leading the team to the New Jersey State Championship. He ended his high school career with 2,192 points, which at the time also was a state record. In 2004 Raftery received a special Victor Sports Award, and the “Walter Payton ‘Sweetness’ Award,” in recognition of his outstanding work in the community throughout his lifetime. He also won a New York Sports Emmy for SINGLE EVENT COVERAGE for Game 5 of the New Jersey Nets-Indiana Pacers series during the 2002 NBA Playoffs.
Raftery earned a degree in history from LaSalle and master's degree in education from Seton Hall. Raftery received an Honorary Doctorate from LaSalle University in 2001. He was born April 19 and currently serves as President of W.J. Raftery Associates, an events/marketing firm. Raftery lives in Florham Park, N.J., with his wife, Joan, and has four children and three grandchildren.
Sam Ryan joined CBS Sports in June 2006 as a contributor to the Network’s NFL pre-game show, THE NFL TODAY, and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. This year will be her fifth year as a reporter for CBS Sports as part of the NCAA studio show, THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR. The past four years she served as sideline reporter for CBS Sports as part of Final Four and Championship Game coverage. She also serves as sports anchor for CBS 2 in New York. In 2009, she hosted the SEC TAILGATE show and the SEC POSTGAME SHOW for CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK.
Ryan joined ESPN in 2003, serving as sideline reporter for ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage of the National Hockey League playoffs, including the Stanley Cup Finals on ESPN and ABC. In 2004, she added reporting duties for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball telecasts. Ryan also has served as a college football sideline reporter for ABC since September 2002, as well as fill-in reporter for the 2005 Monday Night Football season. Before joining ESPN and ABC Sports, Ryan worked as a sports anchor and reporter for WABC-TV. In addition, she also has reported for WFAN radio in New York, News 12 Long Island, N.Y., WVIT Hartford, Conn., and Fox Sports Net New York, where she served as a reporter and anchor for the “New York Sports Report.”
During her career, Ryan has reported on many diverse sporting events, including 2005 Monday Night Football on ABC, Super Bowl XL pre-game (ABC), the Little League World Series (2003-05), the 1996 Summer Olympics (ABC Radio Network), the 2000 “Subway Series” between the Yankees and the Mets (FOX Sports NY and Madison Square Garden Network) and women’s college basketball (FOX Sports). In 2006, Ryan won a New York State Broadcasters Association Award for best sportscast for her work at WCBS. She won a local New York Emmy Award in 1999 for “Outstanding Series Feature” and garnered a local Associated Press Award in 2000. In addition to her on-air work, Ryan is a national spokesperson for the March of Dimes, helping to generate awareness of its Prematurity Campaign.
Ryan is an alumnus of New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury. She also majored in communications at Hofstra University. Ryan and her husband, Jeff, currently reside in Smithtown, N.Y., with their son, Nicklaus, 8 and daughter, Jensen, 5.
Craig Sager will serve as a sideline reporter for Turner and CBS’ NCAA Division I Men’s Championship coverage. Sager is in his 19th season as sideline reporter for TNT's exclusive Thursday night NBA doubleheader coverage. He will also make several appearances on NBA TV during the 2010-11 NBA season.Sager has served as a field reporter for TBS’ exclusive coverage of the MLB Division Series and the American and National League Championship Series since 2007. He served as a course reporter during the 2009 PGA Championship on TNT and PGA.com. From 2002-2006, Sager was a sideline reporter for TBS' Pac-10/Big 12 college football coverage. He also served as the sideline reporter for the 50th annual Delchamps Senior Bowl from Ladd Memorial Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and both the 1998 and 2000 Micron PC Bowl. He was a reporter for TNT’s coverage of the 2002 World Championships of Basketball, 2000 USA Basketball Games coverage from Hawaii and Japan, as well as the 1999 Tournament of the Americas Olympic Qualifying Basketball Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Sager served as a reporter on TNT's NFL pre-game, halftime and post-game shows from 1990-97. A veteran of international competition, Sager reported for TNT’s 2001 Goodwill Games from Brisbane, Australia, 2000 Winter Goodwill Games coverage from Lake Placid, N.Y. and TBS’ 1998 Goodwill Games coverage from New York, 1994 Goodwill Games in Russia, 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle and 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow.Sager joined CNN in 1981 after handling the network's first live remote report from the 1980 MLB Postseason. While at CNN, Sager was co-anchor of the network's Sports Tonight shows and was honored with a CableAce award in 1985. He also served as the anchor of College Football Scoreboard from 1982-85.
Prior to signing on with CNN, Sager spent two years at KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Mo. where he served as sports director and reporter and handled play-by-play duties for the Kansas City Kings, Royals spring training and Chiefs pre-season games. Previously, Sager was sports director for WINK-TV in Ft. Myers, Fla., where he was honored with the Sportscaster of the Year Award from the Florida High School Coaches Association. He also had stints at WTSP-TV, St. Petersburg, Fla.; WSPB-Radio, Sarasota, Fla.; and WXLT-TV, Sarasota, Fla. where he began his broadcast career in 1972.
Sager was honored with a Georgia-area Emmy Award for his work as co-host of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade from 1990-95. A native of Batavia, Ill., Sager holds a bachelor's degree in speech from Northwestern University. He walked on the football and basketball teams and served as the university’s Willie the Wildcat mascot for three years.
Kenny Smith will serve as a studio analyst for Turner and CBS’ NCAA Division I Men’s Championship coverage.• Smith is in his 15th full season as an NBA studio analyst for TNT’s Emmy award-winning Inside the NBA, working alongside host Ernie Johnson and analyst Charles Barkley. Inside the NBA follows TNT’s exclusive Thursday night doubleheader NBA coverage. Smith will also make regular appearances on NBA TV during the 2010-11 NBA season.In 2005, Smith worked with the NBA and TNT to organize and host the NBA Players Hurricane Relief Game in order to provide assistance to evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. The effort raised more than $1 million in cash, goods and services for victims of the natural disaster. During the 2002-03 NBA season, Smith joined Johnson and Barkley on TNT’s weekly Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith. Smith served as a basketball analyst for the 2001 Goodwill Games.
Smith won NBA Championships with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995. He played nine seasons in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings (1987-90), Atlanta Hawks (1990), Houston Rockets (1990-96), Detroit Pistons (1996), Orlando Magic (1996-97) and Denver Nuggets (1997). Smith scored a career-high 41 points against the Los Angeles Lakers while playing with Houston on Dec. 26, 1993. Smith is among Houston’s all-time leaders in three-point field goal percentage at .407, along with having the best field goal percentage of NBA guards in 1992-93. After averaging 13.8 points and 7.1 assists per game with the Sacramento Kings, Smith was named a member of the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1988. Smith played basketball at the University of North Carolina under head basketball coach Dean Smith. Smith was named a first team NCAA Men’s Basketball Consensus All-American in 1987.
In 2000, Smith was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame. Smith graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1987 with a degree in industrial relations. Smith holds North Carolina’s assist record with 768, including 86 assists in NCCA Tournament play.
Steve Smith will serve as a studio analyst for Turner and CBS’ NCAA Division I Men’s Championship coverage. Smith is in his third year as a studio analyst for NBA TV. He appears on NBA GameTime, a live studio show featuring highlights, analysis, commentary and live look-ins at games being played across the league.
Smith works as a game and studio analyst for the Big Ten Network’s men’s basketball coverage. Smith served as the Atlanta Hawks TV color analyst on FSN South/SportSouth for three seasons, following his retirement after 14 years in the NBA. Smith was drafted as the fifth overall pick by the Miami Heat in the 1991 NBA Draft, playing for the team from 1991-94 and again in 2005. In addition, he also played for the Atlanta Hawks (1994-99), Portland Trail Blazers (1999-2001), San Antonio Spurs (2001-03), New Orleans Hornets (2003-04) and Charlotte Bobcats (2004). The shooting guard scored 13,430 points over 942 career games. An NBA champion with the Spurs in 2003, Smith was a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team that won a gold medal in Sydney, Australia and an NBA All-Star in 1998. He was also a member of “Dream Team II” that won the 1994 World Championship in Toronto. Smith earned the NBA’s prestigious J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1998 and the Joe Dumars NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2002. In 2006, he was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. Smith earned the 2009 Dick Enberg Award, which recognizes him for his commitment to promoting the values of education and academics to student-athletes. Smith spent four years at Michigan State, where current MSU head coach Tom Izzo was an assistant coach. He earned First Team All-America honors as a junior and senior, and ranks as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,263 points. He led the team to a Big Ten Championship and Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1990. Smith was inducted into Michigan State’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.
In 1997, Smith donated $2.5 million to his alma mater, Michigan State, to build the Clara Bell Smith Student-Activity Center in memory of his mother. Smith’s donation stands as the largest single donation by a professional athlete to his form school in history. He also founded the Steve Smith Scholarship Fund, which sends one student each year from his high school alma mater, Pershing High School in Detroit to Michigan State on a four-year scholarship.
Marty Snider will serve as a sideline reporter for Turner and CBS’ NCAA Division I Men’s Championship coverage. Snider also serves as a sideline reporter for TNT’s NBA Playoffs coverage as well as periodically throughout the regular season. 2010 marks Snider’s fifth year with the NBA on TNT crew. He is also a pit reporter for TNT’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage. This year marks his 13th season as a TNT NASCAR announcer, calling races for the network since 1998. In 2007, Snider was awarded NASCAR.COM’s Pit Reporter of the Year Award, as voted upon by the fans.
Snider recently served as a consultant on HBO’s Jimmie Johnson 24/7 series. In 2008, Snider was a part of the NBC Summer Olympic team in Beijing, China as a reporter for numerous events including cycling, triathlon, BMX, canoe slalom, softball and the Olympics’ closing ceremony. Snider also works with NBC on their NFL Football Night in America, and as a pit reporter for NBC’s racing shows. From 1998-2002 Snider served as a reporter for CNN/Sports Illustrated NASCAR, filing regular reports from every NASCAR Cup Series event. From 1995-2000, Snider worked as a pit reporter for the Motor Racing Network's (MRN) NASCAR radio broadcasts. MRN is syndicated to more than 500 affiliate stations across the United States. From 1994-97 he served as a reporter and associate producer for ESPN's NASCAR Today. Snider previously served as a sports reporter for WYFF, the NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C. from 1993-94. Prior to that, he worked for WGHP in Greensboro, N.C. (1991-93).
Snider is the executive producer at Marty Snider and Associates, a sport marketing and video production company located in Charlotte, N.C. Snider resides in Charlotte, N.C. with wife Andrea and their three children. Snider graduated from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte with a degree in political science.
This is Jim Spanarkel’s 14th year as analyst for CBS Sports' NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship coverage. He also calls regular-season men's games for the CBS Television Network. In addition, Spanarkel worked as a co-host on NBA TV and serves as an analyst for the NBA's New Jersey Nets television broadcasts.
Spanarkel currently serves as an analyst for “ESPN Plus” on Big East games and broadcasts college games for the Big East Network and high school games for the New Jersey Network. He was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the 16th pick overall in the 1979 draft. After one year in Philadelphia, he moved to the Dallas Mavericks for four seasons and led Dallas in scoring during the 1980-81 season averaging 14.4 points per game.
A former All-America and Academic All-America at Duke University (1978, '79), Spanarkel graduated from Duke University with a degree in history. He was born June 28, 1957 in Jersey City, N.J. and lives in Rutherford, N.J., with his wife, Janet, and four children.
Lesley Visser added another first to her long and prestigious trailblazing career as the first woman to be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the 2006 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award which recognizes “long-time exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football. Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy
Aikman said about Visser in his 2006 induction speech, “She brought respect and professionalism to the field of journalism for her work in print and broadcasting. It makes me proud to be in her company today.” Along with her NFL TODAY reporter duties, she also writes a weekly column for CBSSports.com.
In 2009 Visser was voted the No. 1 female sportscaster of all time by the American Sportscasters Association. She became the first woman sportscaster to carry the Olympic Torch when she was honored in 2004 by the International Olympic Committee as a “pioneer and standard-bearer.” Visser is the only sportscaster in history who has worked on the network broadcasts of the Final Four, Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Triple Crown, Olympics, U.S. Open and World Figure Skating Championship. She served as lead reporter for the Network’s coverage of the NFL, teaming with CBS Sports’ No. 1 announce team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in 2004. This year she again is a part of THE NFL TODAY team. Visser worked her 30th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship last March, having worked the tournament for the Boston Globe, ESPN and CBS. This past season marked her 35th year covering the NFL.
When Visser began covering the NFL for the Boston Globe in 1976, the credential often read, “No Women or Children in the Press Box.” She became the first woman to cover the NFL as a beat and remains the only woman to have handled the Super Bowl trophy presentation, for CBS in 1992 when the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills.
Visser was honored with a Billie Jean King Award, the first Billie awarded for Outstanding Journalist, in 2008. She also was honored by the American Women in Radio and Television, Inc. in June 2006 as the first woman sportscaster recipient of a Gracie Allen Award which celebrates programming created for women, by women and about women, as well as individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the industry. In 2008, she became the first woman sportscaster to host the Gracie Awards. Visser also received the Emily Couric Leadership Award - previously given to Sandra Day O'Connor, Caroline Kennedy and Donna Brazile - and in the fall of 2008 was honored at the 22nd Annual Sports Legend Dinner, to benefit the Buoniconti fund to cure paralysis. In 2005 she won the Pop Warner female achievement award and was inducted into the New England Sports Museum Hall of Fame, along with Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy and the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey team.
Visser was a reporter and contributor for THE SUPER BOWL TODAY, CBS Sports' Super Bowls XXXV, XXXVIII, XLI and XLIV pre-game broadcasts. Visser also has contributed reports for CBS News and served as a reporter for HBO Sports' "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” She spent nearly seven years with ABC Sports and was a sideline reporter for "Monday Night Football," becoming the first woman assigned to the series and the first woman ever to report from the sidelines during a Super Bowl. While at ABC Sports, Visser served as a reporter for college football bowl games and NFL playoff games. She also contributed to ABC's coverage of Triple Crown horse racing, "ABC's Wide World of Sports," Major League Baseball, including the World Series, figure skating, Special Olympics, skiing, the Pro Bowl, and an ABC series "A Passion to Play.” She hosted the network's coverage of the "Millennium Tournament of Roses Parade.”
She returned to CBS Sports in August 2000 as a contributor to THE NFL TODAY, college basketball, figure skating and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. Visser covered the NCAA Final Four and Super Bowl for ESPN. She joined CBS Sports in 1984 and became full-time in 1987. Her assignments included the NBA, college basketball, MLB, college football, U.S. Open Tennis Championships and the Winter Olympics, and she was a regular on THE NFL TODAY. In 1992 Visser became the first woman to handle the post-game presentation ceremony at the Super Bowl and in 1989 she covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, focusing on how sports would change in East Germany.
Visser began her career in sports journalism in 1974 as a member of the Boston Globe sports staff on a grant from the Carnegie Foundation, two years later she was assigned to cover the New England Patriots, becoming the first ever female NFL beat writer. While at the Boston Globe she covered the NCAA Final Four, Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series, Wimbledon, the Olympics and college football. In 2009, Sports Illustrated named the Boston Globe Sports staff (1975-80) the best sports section of all time.
Visser has been honored with the Compass Award for “changing the paradigm of her business” and was one of the 100 luminaries commemorating the 75th anniversary of the CBS Television Network in 2003. She was named “WISE Woman of the Year” in 2002 and voted the “Outstanding Women's Sportswriter in America” in 1983 and won the “Women's Sports Foundation Award for Journalism” in 1992. In 1999 she won the first AWSM Pioneer Award. Visser earned her bachelor's degree in English from Boston College and received an honorary doctorate of Journalism from her alma mater in May 2007. She was born Sept. 11 in Quincy, Mass., and resides in Boca Raton, Fla.
Bob Wenzel is in his 10th year as an analyst for CBS Sports' NCAA Men's Basketball Championship coverage. He joined CBS Sports' NCAA Men's Basketball Championship coverage in 2001 as a reporter. He has called the Final Four and Championship for the CBS world feed from 2002-04.
Wenzel has called regular-season games for ESPN since the 1997-98 season and contributes reports for ESPN Radio in Jacksonville, Fla. Wenzel was a basketball coach for 26 years, including serving as the head coach for Rutgers University for nine seasons from 1989-97 where he guided them to the Atlantic 10 Championship in 1989 and 1991, two NCAA and two NIT appearances. He coached Jacksonville University for six seasons from 1982-87 where he led them to one NCAA and one NIT appearance. Wenzel was named 1988-89 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and 1986 Coach of the Year in Florida by the Florida Sportswriters Association. He served as an assistant coach for the NBA's New Jersey Nets in 1988. His other coaching credentials include, graduate assistant at Utah (1971-72), assistant coach at Yale (1973-74), Duke (1975-80), where he helped lead the team to the Final Four and Championship in 1978, and South Carolina (1980-81). During his 1985-86 coaching campaign he suffered a life threatening cerebral aneurysm and received the United States Basketball Writers Association's Most Courageous Award for returning to the sidelines.
Wenzel earned a degree in history in 1971 from Rutgers University, where he began his collegiate career playing for Jim Valvano's freshman squad. He was a two-year captain and MVP at Rutgers in 1970 and 1971. Wenzel received his master's degree in Education from Utah in 1973. He was born Oct. 4, 1949, in the Bronx and currently lives in Ponte Vedra, Fla. with his wife, Neva, and three children.
Matt Winer will serve as a studio host for Turner and CBS’ NCAA Division I Men’s Championship coverage. Winer joined Turner Sports in 2010. He serves as a studio host for NBA TV, anchoring NBA GameTime, the network’s studio show that features highlights, analysis, commentary and live look-ins at games being played across the league. Throughout the regular season, Winer works several nights a week alongside analysts Steve Smith, Brent Barry and Kenny Smith, among others.
Winer will serve as host for a variety of other Turner Sports properties, including as a guest host on TNT’s NBA coverage. In addition, he was the studio host during TBS’ MLB All-Star Selection Show and for the network’s 2010 MLB Postseason coverage, working with analysts Cal Ripken, Dennis Eckersley and David Wells
Winer spent nine years at ESPN where he regularly anchored the network’s flagship show SportsCenter and hosted ESPN’s signature NBA programs Fastbreak, Coast-to-Coast and Shootaround. In addition, Winer anchored a wide range of other shows including Baseball Tonight and NFL Live and served as the update anchor for ABC’s College Football Scoreboard. In 2004, he hosted ESPN’s coverage of the Summer Olympics from Athens, Greece.
Prior to ESPN, Winer worked as a local anchor and reporter at KTVQ-TV in Billings, Mont., WJTV-TV in Jackson, Miss., WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich. and KSDK-TV in St. Louis, Mo. He covered everything from high school sports to professional leagues, from the rodeo to the Super Bowl.
Winer received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism in 1991.
Tracy Wolfson is CBS Sports’ lead college football reporter, working with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson. She is in her eighth year as a reporter for CBS Sports as part of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship coverage. In 2009, Wolfson served as lead reporter at the Final Four and Championship game in Detroit for both CBS and CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK. In addition, she was a host for CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK’S NCAA MARCH MADNESS CENTRAL and the official NCAA Tournament highlight show NCAA MARCH MADNESS HIGHLIGHTS.
In 2008, Wolfson served as reporter for CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK’S coverage of the Final Four and Championship game in San Antonio. Wolfson also hosts a weekly college football studio show “CBS College Sports’ Lineup,” which debuted in 2010 on CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK. In 2004 and 2005 she served as a sideline reporter for tournament games, and in 2004 she hosted "The NCAA Tournament Show presented by Spike TV." That same year, Wolfson began her role as the lead reporter for the Network's coverage of college football. Additionally, she served as a reporter for the network's late night and weekend broadcasts of the 2004 and 2005 U.S. Open Tennis Championships.
Throughout the year, Wolfson also covers Auto Racing, Skiing, Ice Skating, Gymnastics, Track and Field and Rodeo. Prior to CBS, Wolfson served as an anchor for the Madison Square Garden Network on Sports Desk and “Talk of our Town,” and was a reporter for “College Hoops,” “Angles”, “Metro Soccer Report” and “Tee to Green.” She also worked for ESPN as Host/Reporter covering U.S. Open Golf, college football and Arena Football (2002-03). Wolfson began her on-air broadcasting career in 2000 at WZBN-TV in Trenton, N.J. as a sports anchor, reporter and producer. She also has worked for Oxygen Sports, Long Island News Tonight and News-12 Long Island. Wolfson began her professional career at CBS Sports in 1997 as a Researcher, working on U.S. Open Tennis, the 1998 Winter Olympics and the 1997 NCAA Final Four.
Wolfson graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Michigan. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two sons.