Ian Eagle joined CBS Sports in March 1998 as a play-by-play announcer for the CBS Television Network’s coverage of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. He has called play-by-play for the Network’s coverage of the National Football League since 1998. 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 (2002-2008), and the NCAA Track and Field Championships for the past eight years (2004-12) and served as the studio host for the “U.S. Open Late Night Highlight Show” during the 2004 and 2005. He called play-by-play for the “First Four” of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship in 2012. Eagle has called play-by-play and been a contributor for CBS Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships (2006-2012), as well as the French Open for the “Tennis Channel” (2007-2012). Eagle also has called the Masters® and PGA Championship for Direct TV/CBSSports.com (2008-2012).
This season marks Eagle’s 13th 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’s Thursday Night NFL Broadcasts (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), and has been behind the mic for NFL playoff games each of the last five years. He served in the same role for Westwood One during its NCAA Tournament coverage in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. From 2005-2008, he hosted the NBA show “Full Court Press” on Sirius Radio. Eagle also has called the NBA playoffs for TNT and NBA TV and covered the 2012 NBA Draft on CBSSports.com along with Bill Raftery.
Eagle also hosted a show on CBSSports.com, “Conversations with CBS Sports,” which featured interviews with David Stern, Gary Bettman, George Brett, Boomer Esiason and others. And, he 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 New Jersey Nets television broadcasts since 1995, after having called play-by-play for radio broadcasts the previous year. Eagle was nominated for a 2008 New York Sports Emmy for Outstanding Play-by-Play announcer and won a 2002 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 and also was 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.
For the past 11 years, Eagle has hosted, along with Bruce Beck, the “Bruce Beck and Ian Eagle Sportscasters Camp” (www.sportsbroadcastingcamp.com) for kids.
A 1990 graduate of Syracuse University, Eagle was the play-by-play voice of the Orangemen for football, basketball and lacrosse, and was awarded the Bob Costas Award for Outstanding Sportscasting. He lives in Essex Fells, N.J., with his wife, Alisa, and two children.