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Tim Ryan (born May 16, 1939 in Canada) is an American sportscaster, currently a resident of Ketchum, Idaho.




Early life and career

Raised in Canada, Ryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1960, and took a job the newly-formed CFTO as an assistant sports director. Here he called games for the Toronto Marlboros [1] as well as hosting late night repeats of Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts home games.[2]

In 1966, Ryan was hired as the director of public relations for the expansion Oakland Seals of the NHL. He became the team's radio play by play announcer in 1968. In 1970 he moved east to call New York Rangers games on WOR and the MSG Network. While in New York, Ryan worked at WPIX as a news co-anchor and sportscaster.[3]

First stint at NBC

In 1972, Ryan left the Rangers to become the lead announcer for the NHL on NBC. Ryan would call three Stanley Cup Finals alongside Ted Lindsay. Ryan also called NFL games, Gymnastics, and tennis for NBC.[4][5].


Coincident with his work with NBC and later CBS, Ryan also served as the play-by-play voice of the New York Islanders for five seasons in the late 1970s. Ryan had several partners, including George Michael, Ed Giacomin, and Stan Fischler.

CBS Sports and boxing career

In 1977, Ryan joined CBS. At CBS, Ryan called games for the NBA on CBS from 1977–1983, NFL on CBS from 1977–1993, College Football on CBS from 1996–97, and college basketball from 1982–1998. He also called alpine skiing at the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games. From 1981–97, Ryan was a CBS tennis commentator, calling sixteen U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

Ryan was also a lead boxing announcer during the 1970s and 1980s, for NBC, CBS, WPIX, and fights shown on Closed-circuit television. Notable fights Ryan called include Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, Floyd Patterson vs. Charlie Green, Floyd Patterson vs. Oscar Bonavena [6], Monroe Brooks vs. Bruce Curry [7], Bernard Hopkins vs. Glen Johnson [8], Thomas Hearns vs. Sugar Ray Leonard [9], Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard [10], and Ray Mancini vs. Duk Koo Kim [11]. His color commentators for boxing were Angelo Dundee, Gil Clancy, and Sugar Ray Leonard. In 1986, Ryan won the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Broadcasting Journalism.[12]

Fox Sports and second stint at NBC

Ryan's contract with CBS expired in 1998, allowing Ryan to move to Fox and NBC, where Ryan covered NFL games and tennis for Fox and tennis, skiing, equestrian events, and boxing for NBC. From 2004-2006, Ryan called college football [13] and tennis for ESPN.

During the 2006 Winter Olympics, Ryan returned to NBC to call alpine skiing.[14] He also hosted a nightly recap show on SIRIUS radio during the 2006 Wimbledon Championships.[15]

Ryan served as the play by play announcer for NBC Sports coverage of Rowing and Flat Water Canoeing at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[16]

Personal life

In 1989, Ryan's wife Lee was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. By 1997, she was unable to walk or speak in sentences.[17] Tim is co-chairman of the Alzheimer's Association Public Policy Forum.[18]

Ryan currently resides in Ketchum, Idaho.


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  14. ^ Sporting News - Your expert source for MLB Baseball, NFL Football, NBA Basketball, NHL Hockey, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball and Fantasy Sports scores, blogs, and articles
  15. ^ SIRIUS Satellite Radio to Provide Live Coverage of 2006 Wimbledon Tennis Championships. | PR Newswire (June, 2006)
  16. ^ Medium Well: Your NBC Olympics lineup - A blog on sports media, news and networks -
  17. ^ TV SPORTS; Tim Ryan Copes, and Crusades - New York Times
  18. ^ Columns: A broadcaster perseveres, and an old Gator makes his mark

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