Ian Eagle joined CBS Sports in March 1998 as a play-by-play announcer for the CBS Television Network’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. He has called play-by-play for the Network’s coverage of the National Football League since 1998, and served as pregame and postgame host contributor during the Network’s coverage of Super Bowl LIII and Super Bowl 50. This season Eagle will be teamed with Charles Davis to form the Network’s No. 2 NFL ON CBS announce team. From 2014-19, he and Dan Fouts teamed together to form the No. 2 NFL ON CBS announce team calling one of the Network’s top Sunday game most weeks. 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), NCAA Track and Field Championships for eight years (2004-12) and served as the studio host for the “U.S. Open Late Night Highlight Show” during 2004 and 2005. Eagle called play-by-play for the “First Four” of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in 2012, 2015 and 2018. He has called play-by-play and been a contributor for CBS Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships (2004-14), as well as the French Open for the Tennis Channel (2007-19). Eagle also has called the Masters® and PGA Championship for Direct TV/CBSSports.com (2008-14).
This season marks Eagle’s 21st 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 Sports Thursday Night NFL Broadcasts for his 12th season (2009-20), and has been behind the mic for NFL playoff games each of the last 10 years. He served in the same role for Westwood One Radio Sports during its NCAA Tournament coverage (2008-17). From 2005-08 he hosted the NBA show “Full Court Press” on Sirius Radio. Eagle once again called the NBA playoffs for TNT, serving in a more prominent role throughout the 2019 Playoffs, and NBA TV. He covered the 2012 NBA Draft on CBSSports.com along with Bill Raftery. Eagle is the host of ‘Stars on Sports’ on CBS, featuring stars of movies, television and music. He also has hosted a show for CBSSports.com, “Conversations with CBS Sports,” which featured interviews with David Stern, Gary Bettman, George Brett, Boomer Esiason and others. He is the play-by-play voice of the video game, “NBA Playgrounds,” and was 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 Brooklyn Nets television broadcasts since 1995, after having called play-by-play for radio broadcasts the previous year. Eagle was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality – PLAY-BY-PLAY in 2014 and 2018. He won a New York Sports Emmy for Outstanding Play-by-Play announcer (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). Eagle was named the New York Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association (formerly known as National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA)) in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019. In 2002 he won a 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, provided play-by-play for FOX Sports Net on NFL Europe telecasts, and was also 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. Eagle has appeared in a comedy sketch on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT, and was in the movie “Southpaw.”
For 15 years Eagle hosted, along with Bruce Beck, the “Bruce Beck and Ian Eagle Sportscasters Camp” (www.sportsbroadcastingcamp.com) for kids (2002-16).
A 1990 graduate of Syracuse University, Eagle was the play-by-play voice of the Orange for football, basketball and lacrosse, and was awarded the Bob Costas Award for Outstanding Sportscasting. In August 2013, he was inducted into Syracuse University radio station’s WAER Alumni Hall of Fame. Eagle lives in Essex Fells, N.J., with his wife, Alisa, and two children.
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