This is his Stephen Bardo's first year as an analyst for CBS Sports' coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Since 2002, he has served the same role for ESPN, having first joined ESPN in 2000 doing voice-over work for NBA International broadcasts. Bardo also has been the voice of his alma mater, the University of Illinois basketball since 2000 on the Illini Sports Network. In addition, since 2003 he has served as sports reporter for WBBM-TV in Chicago, covering the Illini, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and Cubs. Bardo also hosts a weekly sports radio show, "Sports Unplugged," in Chicago.
A 1990 graduate of Illinois, Bardo was a four-year starter on the basketball team and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year during his junior season and All-Conference twice. In 1989 he led his team to the Final Four. Bardo's professional basketball career spanned 10-years. After he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 1990, his career saw him play for the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, the CBA and overseas in France, Italy, Japan, Spain and Venezuela. Bardo lives in Chicago, Ill. and has two sons.