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Ian Eagle (pronounced /ˈaɪ.ən/, born February 9, 1969) is an American sports announcer calling National Football League (NFL) games on CBS, New Jersey Nets games on the YES Network and hosts Full Court Press, a basketball talk show with former player Kenny Smith on Sirius Satellite Radio. Other announcing experience include NCAA men's basketball, tennis, the Army–Navy football games, the Army-Navy basketball games, boxing, and NCAA track and field for CBS. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he was initiated into the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. He is known as "Bird" or the "Birdman".

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Biography

Parents

Ian was born to entertainers Jack and Monica Eagle. Jack Eagle, a "Catskills comedian" was best known for portraying "Brother Domenic" in Xerox television commercials in the late 1970's, and Monica was a singer.

Early career

Eagle began his career by announcing football, basketball, and lacrosse for the Syracuse Orangemen on WAER a student run radio station. While at Syracuse, he was admitted to the AEPi fraternity. Following his graduation in 1990, Eagle began working for WFAN Radio in New York City as a producer. In 1992, WFAN gave him his own show (Bagels and Baseball). In 1993, Eagle was given pregame and postgame duties for the Jets. 1994 saw Eagle's first year as a Nets play-by-play radio announcer. A year later, he was made a TV announcer for SportsChannel, which later became Fox Sports Net New York (now MSG Plus). In 1997, WFAN made Eagle play-by-play announcer for Jets games.

Later television and radio career

Eagle joined CBS in 1998 doing announcing work for NFL and NCAA basketball. He continues to serve these roles today. Other CBS work includes boxing, The Pilot Pen Tennis tournament, the U.S. Open (both the late night show and daytime studio host for 2008 U.S. Open coverage), and the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

Prior to joining the YES Network as Nets announcer in 2002, Ian Eagle served the same role for the Nets on the MSG Network and Fox Sports Net New York. Since Marv Albert joined the YES Network prior to the 2005-06 NBA season, the games are split among the two broadcasters.

On Sirius, in addition to his daily talk show, Eagle did a weekly talk show, The Phil Jackson Show, with Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson. And Eagle retains his roots to WFAN, occasionally serving as a fill-in talk show host on his old station.

Other announcing:

  • Masters Online commentary of Amen corner 09
  • Voice of the announcer for NBA 07, 08 and 09 for PSP
  • NBA playoff announcing for NBA TV
  • Hosts NBA Action, a weekly highlights and features show for NBA TV
  • Announces preseason New York Jets telecasts on WCBS-TV in New York
  • Host of Nets Magazine, a look inside the New Jersey Nets for the YES Network
  • Voiceover for Modell's radio commercials and in-store voiceovers
  • Voice of NBA Action from 1996 to 2006
  • Co-hosts Power Performances presented by Courtyard by Marriott on CBS.Sportsline.com
  • NFL Thursday Night games on Westwood One, with Coach Dennis Green as his color man
  • Play-by-play fill-in in for Marv Albert on Westwood One Monday Night Football when Albert is not available
  • Lee Myles Commercials

He has been praised for his good commentary in games such as Boston College vs. Pacific in the 2006 NCAAB Tournament

Awards

  • Bob Costas Award for Outstanding Sportscasting (while at Syracuse)
  • 2002 New York Sports Emmy Award.

References

  • [1] SU Article
  • [2] NIC Roll of Greeks in Sportscasting

External links and references

  • [3] CBS Profile
  • [4] YES Network Profile
  • [5] NBA.com Profile
  • [6] NBA.com Broadcaster of the Week







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