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Dave Sims (born February 14, 1953) is an American sportscaster. He currently is the television play-by-play commentator for the Seattle Mariners, the radio play-by-play man for Sunday Night Football on Westwood One, and the television play-by-play host for the UFL on Versus.

Biography

Dave Sims grew up in Philadelphia and attended Bethany College in West Virginia, where he played catcher and majored in mass communications. He began his career as a sportswriter for the New York Daily News. In radio, Sims became the host of WNBC's "SportsNight" in the mid-80s (replacing Jack Spector), a five-hour nightly sports call-in show that was a precursor to the all-sports talk format of WFAN. He went on to co host the midday show with Ed Coleman on New York's Sports Radio 66 WFAN on in the early 1990s, the show being nicknamed "Coleman and the Soul Man". He then became a weekend sports anchor at WCBS-TV in New York.

In 1991, Sims joined ESPN as a play-by-play announcer for college basketball, and added college football in 1998. He primarily called Big East contests on the ESPN Plus regional network.

In addition to his Sunday Night Football radio gig, Sims also calls college basketball for Westwood One, with his most notable call to date being the George Mason-UConn regional final in 2006 (where #11 seed George Mason upset top-seed Connecticut to become the second #11 seed in history to reach the Final Four).

Listeners often criticize Sims for yelling on mundane plays, as if to generate a false sense of excitement in the listener. An excellent example of this tendency was Sims' radio work on the January 11, 2009 NFC playoff game between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, during which Sims frequently raised his voice's pitch and volume on incomplete passes during non-crucial phases of the game, plays that few educated football observers would find significant or meaningful.

Prior to taking the permanent play-by-play position on Sunday Night Football, Sims was the #2 broadcaster for Westwood One's Sunday afternoon NFL doubleheader. He replaced Joel Meyers on the Sunday Night Football game in 2006.

While working in other sports, he occasionally provided Major League Baseball play-by-play for ESPN and did an internet radio show for MLB.com. In 2007, he took the opportunity to return to baseball full-time as part of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast.One of the few African-American broadcasters in the sport, he is also perhaps the only one of that group not to have played in the major leagues.

References

  • Dave Sims' Official Website: [1]
  • Athletisense, Dave Sims' Media Coaching Company: [2]
  • Stone, Larry. "M's juggle lineup in broadcast booth". Seattle Times, January 12, 2007.
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