Ian Eagle, Brooklyn Nets Play-by-Play Announcer
Emmy Award-winner Ian Eagle is in his 23rd year as play-by-play announcer for Brooklyn Nets, the last 22 on television and the last 13 on the YES Network, specifically. One of the most respected and versatile sportscasters in the country, Eagle became the radio voice of the Nets in 1994 at the age of 25, and moved to the television side the following year. He won individual New York Emmys in 2013 and 2016 for his Nets play-by-play work on YES, and won another Emmy in 2014 as part of YES' Nets broadcasting team which won for Best Live Sports Series.
Eagle was also nominated for a National Sports Emmy in 2015 for his NFL and NCAA March Madness play-by-play work for CBS Sports and Turner Sports.
The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country 12 of the last 13 years, is the exclusive local television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees, the Brooklyn Nets, and MLS' New York City FC. The network has won 95 New York Emmy Awards since its 2002 launch.
Eagle received Emmy nominations for his Nets play-by-play work on YES in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Earlier, he won New York Emmys for his work on Madison Square Garden Network's telecast of the Pacers/Nets Game 5 of the 2002 NBA playoffs. In 2014 Eagle won the CableFax Program Award for the best host of regional television program (sports or otherwise).
A 1990 graduate of Syracuse University, Eagle was the play-by-play voice of the Orangemen in football, basketball and lacrosse, and was awarded the Bob Costas Award for Outstanding Sportscasting. In August 2013, he was inducted into the WAER-FM (Syracuse University) Hall of Fame.
Eagle was named New York State Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in both 2015 (sharing with WNBC-TV's Bruce Beck) and 2014.
"Bird" joined WFAN as a producer in 1990 and debuted as host of his own show in 1992. The following year, Eagle began hosting pre-game and post-game shows for Jets football on WFAN and was named the Jets radio play-by-play voice for the 1997 campaign. He has been one of the play-by-play voices for the NFL on CBS since 1998, and handles play-by-play for Westwood One Radio's Thursday Night NFL coverage and its NCAA Tournament Regional Finals coverage.
In addition to football, Eagle has called the NCAA Tournament for CBS (and later Turner, as well) for the past 18 years, the Army/Navy football game, boxing, and anchored the "Sportsdesk" and "At the Half" at CBS Sports. Eagle also handled English-language play-by-play for the international telecasts of the NBA Finals in 1995-98, and has worked the Masters and PGA Championships for CBS/Direct TV.
Eagle has broadcast the NBA Playoffs for TNT since 2010 and broadcast the NBA Playoffs for NBA-TV from 2003-2008. He and his YES Nets colleague Jim Spanarkel also worked the world feed of the 2013 NBA Finals. Eagle has also handled play-by-play for the NCAA Track and Field Championships on CBS, and the French Open for Tennis Channel. He has covered the last 10 US Opens for CBS and was the voice for the Sony PSP 2010 NBA video game with Kenny Smith. From 2005-2008, Eagle hosted a variety of shows on SIRIUS Satellite Radio, including "Full Court Press" and 'The Phil Jackson Show."
Eagle had a role in the 2015 movie Southpaw starting Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams, and he was a contributor to CBS Sports' coverage of Super Bowl 50 on the network's pre-and post-game shows.
In 2013, he began hosting the Stars on Sports show on CBS, on which he interviews entertainers about sports. Among those he has interviewed are Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, LL Cool J and Ron Howard.
For the past 15 summers, Eagle and fellow sportscaster Bruce Beck have hosted a sports broadcasting camp for children. Eagle resides in New Jersey with his wife Alisa and two children.