Ian Eagle, Brooklyn Nets Play-by-Play Announcer
Multiple Emmy Award-winner Ian Eagle is in his 27th year as play-by-play announcer for the Brooklyn Nets, the last 26 on television and the last 19 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.
In 2020, Eagle won his record fifth straight New York Emmy Award, and sixth in eight years, for Sports Play-by-Play for his Nets work on YES. His Nets broadcast partner Sarah Kustok won the 2020 New York Emmy Award for Sports Analyst, thus marking the first time that a broadcast team won New York Emmys for Sports Play-by-Play and Sports Analyst in the same year.
Eagle earned a National Sports Emmy nomination in 2019 for his NCAA March Madness play-by-play work and in 2015 for his NFL and NCAA March Madness play-by-play work for CBS Sports and Turner Sports.
“Bird” has been named New York State Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association five times: in 2013, 2014 (sharing with WNBC-TV’s Bruce Beck), 2016, 2018 and 2019. In November 2018, Eagle received the Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, his alma mater.
The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country 15 of the last 17 years, is the exclusive regional television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees, the Brooklyn Nets, MLS' New York City FC and WNBA's New York Liberty. The network has won 126 New York Emmy Awards since its 2002 launch.
Eagle has received Emmy nominations for his Nets play-by-play work on YES nine straight years, from 2012 to 2020. He was also nominated in 2008, 2009 and 2010. 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, 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 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 Men's Basketball Tournament for CBS (and later Turner, as well) for the past 22 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 covered 10 US Tennis Opens for CBS, was the voice for the Sony PSP 2010 NBA video game with Kenny Smith and is the current play-by-play announcer on the video game "NBA Playgrounds." 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 L and LIII (50 and 53) on the network's pre- and postgame 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 15 years, Eagle co-hosted a sports broadcasting camp for children with fellow sportscaster Bruce Beck. Eagle resides in New Jersey with his wife Alisa and two children.