Barry Tompkins Biography
Barry Tompkins (born: Barry David Tompkins) is an American sportscaster better known as a boxing commentator. He has also covered football and other sports. He is a four-time Emmy Award winner, and in 2006 was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame for his work as a boxing commentator.
Barry began his broadcasting career as a as a writer and producer for San Francisco radio station KCBS in 1965. He was then hired as sports director at the local CBS television affiliate, KPIX-TV. He has spent five years at NBC, ten years at HBO, eight years at ESPN, and over fourteen years at Fox Sports.
He moved to New York in 1974 to join WNBC-TV as a sports anchor and feature reporter. Tompkins moved to NBC Sports in 1975 to host weekly radio shows as well as television play-by-play for basketball and football.
In 1978, he returned to San Francisco and then joined then-NBC affiliate KRON-TV as sports director. He also continued to cover Pac-10 basketball for NBC as well as feature stories for its NFL pre-game show. In 1980, Barry left KRON to join the then-fledgling cable channel HBO.
He then joined the faculty at Dominican University of California as a professor for the university’s Communications Department in 2013. Tompkins was hired by the Mountain West Conference to serve as their #1 play-by-play broadcaster for the new MWC regional package on Time Warner Cable SportsNet (started after Mtn folded after spring 2012). He was then assigned Jay Leeuwenburg as his color analyst.
He joined Showtime Sports on February 18, 2012, as blow-by-blow voice of the network’s ShoBox series and ShoExtreme series with veteran analyst Steve Farhood.
Barry Tompkins Age
Barry David Tompkins was born on 2 May 1940 in San Francisco, Ca. He is 79 years old as of 2019.
Barry Tompkins Family
Tompkins was born and raised in San Francisco. He has not shared any information regardig his father, mother or siblings.
Barry Tompkins Wife
Tompkins is married to award-winning journalist and author Joan Ryan. Ryan was a pioneer in sports journalism, becoming one of the first female sports columnists in the country. She has covered every major sporting event from the Super Bowl and the World Series to the Olympics and championship fights. Joan’s sports columns and features earned 13 Associated Press Sports Editors Awards, the National Headliner Award and the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Journalism Award, among other honors.
As an author, she has written four books:
Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty
The Water Giver: The Story of a Mother, a Son and Their Second Chance
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes
Shooting from the Outside with VanDerveer
The couple has a son, Ryan together and they live in Sausalito California.
Barry Tompkins HBO
He came into much greater national prominence alongside Larry Merchant and Sugar Ray Leonard as a member of the HBO Boxing show’s team at HBO. Tompkins called fights at HBO for many years and some of his commentaries became famous. His famous calls include when Alexis Argüello was hurt by Aaron Pryor in round fourteen of their Battle of the Champions (Arguello…oh! Arguello is hurt!!), when Héctor Camacho was buckled by Edwin Rosario in round five of their fight (Camacho had never been hurt before!) and when Mike Tyson won the WBC world Heavyweight title with a second-round knockout of Trevor Berbick (And we have a new era in boxing.).
Tompkins won the Sam Taub Award for excellence in boxing broadcasting journalism in 1992. He also hosted HBO’s baseball program, Race for the Pennant.
Barry Tompkins ESPN
He moved to the ESPN network, where he did play-by-play on Thursday Night Fights alongside Al Bernstein. Tompkins also did the college basketball, The French Open and many other tennis tournaments, the Tour De France, World Track and Field and Swimming and Diving Championships as well as the World Gymnastics Championships. T that time, he continued to be “The Voice” of Pac 10 (now 12) Conference football for various syndicators.
Barry Tompkins Fox Sports
He left ESPN in 1995 to join Fox Sports as the play-by-play announcer of Sunday Night Fights, and he traveling through the United States alongside Sean O’ Grady and Rich Marotta. He then conitnued as the lead play-by—play commentator of FSN’s coverage of Pac-12 football with Petros Papadakis and basketball with Dan Belluomini, Marques Johnson, Don McClean and Ernie Kent through 2011.
Barry also commentated much of FSN’s poker coverage, including the Aussie Millions and Poker Dome Challenge.
Barry Tompkins WAC Sports Network
It was announced in July 2011 that he would leave Pac-12 football broadcasts and instead be the new play-by-play man for the WAC Sports Network going into its second season. His fight duties and college basketball games with FSN continued. He called nine broadcasts with Joe Glenn during the 2011 season.
Barry Tompkins Salary
Being a veteran sportscaster, Barry earns huge from his career. However, his salary is not yet revealed.
Barry Tompkins Net Worth
Tompkins has amassed great wealth from his career of many years. His net worth is yet to be disclosed.
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