Emmy Award-winner Ian Eagle is in his 20th year as play-by-play announcer for Brooklyn Nets telecasts, the last 12 on the YES Network. 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. Eagle won a New York Emmy in 2014 as part of YES' Nets broadcasting team which won for Best Live Sports Series, and he won an individual Emmy in 2013 for his Nets play-by-play work on YES.
Eagle received Emmy nominations for his Nets play-by-play work on YES in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014. Earlier, he won New York Sports Emmys for his work on Madison Square Garden Network's telecast of the Pacers/Nets Game 5 of the 2002 NBA playoffs.
The YES Network is the exclusive television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees and the New Brooklyn Nets. YES, which has earned 346 Emmy Award nominations and 80 Emmy Awards since its March 2002 launch, also televises original biography, studio and magazine programs, in addition to college sports.
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.
"The 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 for the past 17 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 broadcast the NBA Playoffs for NBA-TV from 2003-2008 and for TNT from 2010-14. 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."
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 13 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.< return to announcers homepage