Jim Nantz: Known as much for golf and college basketball, he also has called five Super Bowls for CBS and has been the mainstay of the network’s NFL coverage since becoming its lead play-by-play voice on Sundays since 2004. Cassidy is an American ESPN anchor and host. His was the call on the Immaculate Reception, with longtime boothmate Al DeRogatis, when Franco Harris made a deflected catch that helped the Steelers beat the Raiders in a 1972 AFC playoff game. MORE: 23 best NBA free agents this offseason, He’s one of the most forward-thinking analysts, willing and able to discuss new statistical concepts while also shedding light on the player’s perspective. Prior to the 2006–07 season, if the game was shown on television, it was simulcast on radio, with the same announcers doing both broadcasts. — Jeff Owens. Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference Stuart Scott: Jul 19, 1965: Jan 4, 2015: Sportscaster and anchor on ESPN's SportsCenter: Born in Chicago Michael Wilbon: Nov 19, 1958: ESPN commentator and co-host of Pardon the Interruption; sportswriter and columnist for the Washington Post: — Mike Decourcy, WHY THEY MADE THE LIST: The two breakout stars of the Sochi Winter Olympics were recently named lead broadcast team for the 2018 Olympics along with play-by-play partner Terry Gannon. He  called the 1962 AFL championship game and 17 Super Bowls on radio. While he was a news anchor on Philadelphia TV from 1948 to 1973, he will forever be associated with the NFL. He also spent time with the Devils as a coach while attending law school, during which time the team won its first two NCAA titles. 25. — Ken Bradley. A year later, Gordon was winning races. He called the 1962 AFL title game that went double overtime and was one of the top announcers at CBS for more than a decade, calling the Ice Bowl, and the 1970 Super Bowl. Jack Buck: Known mainly for baseball and as the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. Van Gundy has a presence that belies his small stature; he’s quite possibly the most opinionated man in sports. Gordon is not just a star in the making — he is already a star. He also worked with Ray Scott on CBS. 27. We are only ranking game analysts, so you won't find play-by-play broadcasters or studio analysts; 2.) How did we do? The separation here for Micheletti? Join our Facebook Group, The Ruling Off the Field, to engage in friendly debate and conversation with fellow football fans and our NFL insiders. MORE: Should we believe the UNC conspiracy theories? The multiple Emmy winner was named Best Studio Host of the Decade by Sports Illustrated in 2010. — Adi Joseph. You knew the game was done when he started singing, “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”. 7 - Jim McKay. Like everything else in 2020, celebrations will be different, and many are struggling right now. Andrea Kremer: A multiple Emmy winner who works for NFL Network and HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” and has covered more than 25 Super Bowls. These are the men and women who make the games or the highlights come alive through their descriptions and enthusiasm. Gruden lives up to his character of Chuckie, keeping it in check. Yes, it's the CBS SEC game each week (that means it's probably a big deal) and he gets criticized for a perceived SEC lean (or that he hates your team). Why is it so hard to find good national MLB TV analysts? Prospective students who searched for List of the Top Sports Broadcasting Schools and Colleges in the U.S. found the following information and resources relevant and helpful. Cross won the Rozelle Award in 2009. 99 J.J. Watt, The best players in the history of each NFL franchise, fellow football fans and our NFL insiders, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Let’s start with puns. He also did voice-over for the first NFL Films production and the 1962 NFL title game between the Packers and the Giants. 37. — Vinnie Iyer. The holidays are upon us. Sam Huff, Sonny Jurgensen and Frank Herzog: Two Hall of Famers and a genial play-by-play man, the team of “Sonny, Sam and Frank” called the Redskins’ Super Bowl glory years. He called 10 Super Bowls but also was legendary for announcing NCAA men’s basketball games with Al McGuire and Billy Packer, and before that was the famed announcer during UCLA’s basketball championship run under John Wooden. 11. — Adi Joseph, WHY HE MADE THE LIST: Martino never quite became the player that seemed possible when he was a young midfielder in Major League Soccer. He is a three-time Emmy winner and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year who has been with CBS since 1985. MORE: Charles Barkley apologizes to Rockets, It’s not always what you want to hear, but it’s often what you need to hear. It has to be dramatic, passionate, funny where possible, but above all memorable. “We were just two guys trying to tell the true story of what was happening.” They were the broadcasters for the famous “Heidi” game in 1968, Super Bowl III when the Jets upset the Colts and the 1971 AFC championship game in Kansas City that went to double overtime. Appropriately, he would have been 100 this year. Yes, he has his detractors — many believe his brother Patrick is better – but like all great color analysts, McEnroe is controversial and sparks a reaction, just like he did as a hall-of-fame player. NFL's 100 greatest teams of all time: Which squad is best in league history? He still brings the same passion he had on the field to the booth, and it shows. — Mike DeCourcy, WHY HE MADE THE LIST: Nobody works harder at understanding the game, from the players coming up on the high school circuit to the international talent he analyzes for the network's coverage of the annual NBA Draft to the coaches who populate the sport. The story goes that Ed Sabol, Steve’s father, discovered Facenda at a bar in 1965 when he overheard him describing NFL Films footage that was airing on TV. He called a record 16 Super Bowls on TV, was named the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio and Television Award winner in 1994 and was CBS’ lead announcer on its PGA Tour coverage. The following is the ASA's Top 50 Sportscasters of All-Time as chosen by our members and a special committee. Hockey fans in the States have had a chance to get reacquainted with Ferraro after TSN lost the national TV contract in Canada to Rogers, which has allowed him to call NHL games for NBC’s family of networks. If he had called just one college football game in his career, it would have qualified him for this list. Perhaps nobody in the booth can see the play coming better than Spielman, who can do the X's and O's without sounding clinical. — Mike McCarthy, WHY THEY MADE THE LIST: Foudy delivers a strong one-two punch for ESPN with Taylor Twellman on men’s and women’s soccer. 10: Brent Musburger, Phyllis George, Irv Cross, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder on “The NFL Today”: This was mandatory appointment TV on Sunday afternoons ahead of the NFL slate of games, filling in notes from around the league in the pre-internet days with up-to-the-minute sideline reports and lengthy taped interviews. —Adi Joseph, WHY HE MADE THE LIST: Who would believe “Nasty Nick” the player would become such a smart entertaining TV watch? WHY HE MADE THE LIST: Puns. “Dennis is not known as an outside Schroder,” he once said of the Hawks’ point guard. An Emmy winner, he was called “one of the great pioneers of NBC Sports,” by Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Sports, according to the Los Angeles Times. The good ones provide insight, analysis, background information and humor and help us understand and enjoy the game. 50. He backs up his experience playing the game with the right combination of scouting and stats. — Jeff Owens. ON TV some times showed sports vision games on the ON TV channel and in 1984 sports vision was on TV before the cable and satellite channel started. He spent 17 years with CBS and joined Fox in 1994. 14. According to Fox, his analyst partners have included Roger Staubach, Hank Stram, Dan Fouts, Terry Bradshaw and Dan Dierdorf. This crew kicked off in 1975 (Jimmy The Greek joined the next season). 28. Charming, informative and critical, Carillo, like John McEnroe, is known for being outspoken and unafraid to criticize the top stars in tennis. Gruden has traded the "Boom" with "Spider 2 Y Banana" and created a successful mashup between pure coachspeak and folksy fandom. Pages in category "Radio personalities from Chicago" The following 128 pages are in this category, out of 128 total. More: Opinion: Greatest NFL players by uniform number: From No. She provides consistently smart input on the game and its many facets while giving us a voice that differentiates from former coaches and NBA players in one very obvious way: She sounds like a professional. 1. Cassidy pursued her education at the University of Illinois. Gordon is doing the same thing in the broadcast booth — making an instant impact. Bilas has been with ESPN as an analyst since 1995 and recently has been featured as the primary college basketball voice, supplanting Hall of Famer Dick Vitale. He's every bit as good on the flagship show as he is in the booth, and if anything he apologizes when he doesn't have to for strong opinions. Known for his golf “essays,” he won three Emmy Awards and is in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.20. Al DeRogatis: The former NFL player was known mainly for his sharp analysis covering the NFL with Curt Gowdy. Time never stops for the great. He was the color man on coverage of the first Super Bowl, working the CBS telecast of the game versus the NBC telecast that had Curt Gowdy, Paul Christman and Charlie Jones. In 1981, he left for another assignment, and John Madden became Summerall’s partner. 1 Female Sportscaster of All-Time by the American Sportscasters Association; voted to both the Sportscasters Hall of Fame and the Sportswriters Hall of Fame.". Some of them graduated to commentary after successful cricket … 8. Martino brings a stronger explanation of the tactical game than many in his position. 12. — Bill Bender, WHY HE MADE THE LIST: “Chicken Parm” first earned praise in the United States for his work on ESPN in the early 2000s, but he’s become the top in-game analyst in hockey during his time with TSN in Canada. If the best parts of NBA Twitter became a dunk contest champion, they’d be Brent Barry. “He had one of the most important qualities people can have on television: They are instantly likable." Buck was named the Rozelle winner in 1996. — Mike McCarthy, WHY HE MADE THE LIST: Why he made the list: Danielson is on this list for two reasons: The former Purdue QB who played more than a decade in the NFL knows his stuff and when you hear his voice, you know the game means something. He presents the perspective of all the players, from the deep reserve to the All-American. She’s done studio, sideline, play-by-play and color commentary. He's able to deliver all of it in a strong layman's voice that complements the intelligence of Al Michaels to a tee. 15. And he won the Rozelle Award in 2003. MORE: Why is it so hard to find good national MLB TV analysts? This is a list of commentators ... In–game commentators Top Broadcast Teams (in order of prominence as of 2020) Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Erin Andrews/Kristina Pink (Thursday Night Football) He … Aside from his trademark “Boom!” call, he is known for coming up with the term “turducken” for his turkey/duck/chicken extravaganza awarded to the winning team on whichever Thanksgiving Day game telecast he was working. Lesley Visser:  Originally a newspaper reporter, she came to prominence with her personal player stories for “The NFL Today,” and then her dogged sideline work. 33. WHY HE MADE THE LIST: He tells it like it is. 00 Jim Otto to No. 17. They can be outlandish, understated or poetic, and for many of us they are indispensable parts of the NFL experience. 32. — Mike DeCourcy. One of the few pro sports TV analysts willing and able to discuss the dreaded C-Word: Choking. 1 crew for many years on NFL games. “Chris was an unbelievable gentleman,” said legendary TV producer  Don Ohlmeyer, according to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Joe Micheletti, NBC/MSG (NHL) WHY HE MADE THE LIST: Micheletti is one of several NHL analysts in a pick-'em for best in hockey. WHY HE MADE THE LIST: A Hall of Famer who thrived as both a starter and a closer, Smoltz now is doing excellent work on Fox and MLB Network, in large part because while he displays his expertise for the game, he does not beat you over the head with tales of his own accomplishments. He does his homework well, and he's not afraid to speak his mind next to Joe Buck when needed. 42. ASA's Top 50 Sportscasters of All Time. Bob Sheppard: Also of the Yankees, he was the PA announcer for decades for the New York football Giants. Was the 2008 Rozelle winner. Merrill Reese: He is in his 43rd season as play-by-play voice of the Philadelphia Eagles. Mathew Imaging/WireImage He partnered with Dick Enberg as NBC’s No. He talks the way sports fans talk. 31. “(Facenda) was the ‘Voice of God’ and Kalas the ‘Voice of the People,’” then-NFL Films president Steve Sabol said upon Kalas’ death. — Bill Bender, WHY HE MADE THE LIST: He's the current NFL color commentating landscape's version of John Madden, a former Raiders and Super Bowl-winning coach who left the game early and built a better brand as a broadcaster. He was the 2000 Rozelle winner. The following list is the result. Chris Berman: One of the early prominent personalities with ESPN, “Boomer” became most associated with the NFL through the network’s “countdown” show. Faldo earned his TV blazer a decade ago when he dared to criticize Tiger Woods when Woods was at the peak of his power. TEAM BY TEAM: The best players in the history of each NFL franchise. No, we're not saying Joe belongs because he works for the Rangers. Others might have thrown a beer can toward the television at the sound of their voice. 46. Our panel discuss who the top voice is in the NFL and if Tony Romo is the next great one. Faldo showed his chops taking on the No. More: NFL's 100 greatest teams of all time: Which squad is best in league history? — Mike McCarthy, WHY HE MADE THE LIST: Over the years Aikman has proved to be a lot more than the Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback with the glossy Hall of Fame resume and videogenic presence, getting a little smoother every year in the booth. Whatever you celebrate, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Festivus, the holiday season is here. “In 10 years, I never had a bad moment with Curt,” he once told the Chicago Tribune. WHY SHE MADE THE LIST: There might not be a more versatile TV announcer and sports journalist on this list than Carillo, theformer WTA player who used her playing experience to carve out a marvelous career in broadcasting. He can entertain when the moment calls for it, but few are better at helping viewers to understand not only the game on the floor but all that goes into making that game happen. She also has been a critical part of NBC’s Olympic coverage, serving as a studio host, game analyst and reporter. If it were our choice, he’d be TNT’s lead color analyst. Cassidy Hubbarth was born on September 19 in the year 1984 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. MORE: Each NFL team's biggest draft blunder, No wonder he has too many Emmys to count. He won the Rozelle Award in 2010. 1 player in the sport. He does it in the cauldron of being No. She also anchors the network’s halftime and postgame coverage. Find live scores, player & team news, videos, rumors, stats, standings, schedules & fantasy games on FOX Sports. Her modeling career began when she won first place in the Venus International Model Search while working as a hostess at Hooters. Gowdy was the Pete Rozelle Radio and Television Award winner in 1993. Burke’s experience is wide-ranging, but she’s risen in stature so much over recent years that it’s hard to imagine her going away any time soon. James Brown: A former basketball player at Harvard, he has been an even-keel studio host for more than 30 years, mostly with CBS. Snyder was fired in 1988, according to The Washington Post, for telling a Washington, D.C., TV station that many blacks were superior athletes because of breeding from the time of slavery and that the only area in sports left for whites was coaching. But it’s probably his time with ITV that he is best remembered. We ranked only analysts who work on national broadcast or cable networks. Aside from his great storytelling and Tennessee twang — Bob Costas called him “a cheerful chronicler” — Nelson could be recognized from afar by his sartorial splendor. These are our picks for the the best game analysts in sports. He won 13 Sports Emmys and was given the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Rozelle Award in 1999. A list made up of people like Jill Arrington and Jody Vance. She won the Rozelle Award in 2006, and, according to her website, she was “the only woman to have presented the Lombardi Championship Trophy at the Super Bowl (1992, CBS); the first woman on ABC’s ‘Monday Night Football’ (1998); voted the No. 23. It seems even better on radio than on TV. Thank goodness. Bilas was a deserved winner this year of the Curt Gowdy Award, the media equivalent of induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Should we believe the UNC conspiracy theories. Jane Addams (1860 - 1935) Earned a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in helping the inner city poor; born in Cedarville. 39. 24. Paul Nisely/SN Illustration)(Getty Images, Fran Fraschilla, ESPN (college basketball), Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir, NBC (Olympics). 30. That's why he's the best in his sport. As expected, Burton adapted quickly, sharing his deep knowledge and blunt opinions with the television audience. 29. Helping TV audiences make sense of the sports action unfolding before them isn't easy. If you love talking football, we have the perfect spot for you. We're saying the Rangers are lucky to have a guy who is astute, observant and spot-on with what he's supposed to do — tell us what we see, and should see, and why it makes a difference. The Hall of Fame quarterback is an entertaining part of the Fox pregame show. He blends in a touch of humor, and never is overbearing or preaching with his commentary. He later told the San Jose Mercury News: “When I got home, I told my family, ‘That’s a great game on which to call it a football career.’ And that was that.”. Mike Mayock is best known as NFL Network's draft guru, but he has carved out a bit of a niche for himself as an in-game analyst as well, working … 40. 49. Bill King: The longtime voice of the Raiders, known for his catchphrase of “Holy Toledo!” According to ESPN, Raiders owner Al Davis once said, “I say this with, great admiration and love that Bill becomes one of the people that, I give the cloak of immortality. Ray Scott:  The voice of the Green Bay Packers in their dynasty years of the 1960s, then became synonymous as the voice of the NFL when the sport exploded into popular culture late in that decade. He thrives in either seat, but TNT’s main “Inside the NBA” studio is probably too packed for him to fit naturally. When Gordon entered NASCAR’s Cup series at age 21, he wasted little time making a splash. Moreover, he’s outright enjoyable to listen to, in a way that so few analysts in any sport are. Nobody know the ins and outs of the FIFA World Cup better than Foudy. They have great chemistry. Don Criqui: Called network NFL games for 47 consecutive years (1967-2013) for CBS and NBC. Fraschilla is a former college head coach who got Manhattan and St. John's to the NCAA Tournament and three New Mexico teams to the NIT. Some you might never have heard of; others are as familiar as members of your family. WHY SHE MADE THE LIST: Thrown into the spotlight last summer as a replacement for the then-suspended, since-fired Curt Schilling, Mendoza was impressive enough in the Sunday Night Baseball booth for ESPN to give her a full-time spot in its flagship baseball booth.