Craig Sager and the 15 Greatest Broadcasters of Today

Craig Sager and the 15 Greatest Broadcasters of Today

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For the last 40 years, Craig Sager has been one of greatest broadcasters in American sports. Unfortunately, Sager is now forced to watch sports from a hospital bed as he recovers from treatment for adult acute myeloid leukemia, but nobody is forgetting about the announcer. With that in mind, here are the 15 greatest sports broadcasters of today.

15. Brent Musburger

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15. Brent Musburger

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Musburger has announced just about every major sporting event in the world during his career with CBS and now ESPN, and he has been great along the way. The announcer is mainly known for his humble style as he doesn't overwhelm the event, but rather serves as a narrator who lets the game do the speaking.

14. John Forslund

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14. John Forslund

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Forslund has been announcing games on radio and television for the Carolina Hurricanes organization since 1995, becoming one of the best hockey announcers along the way. Forslund is known for his many phrases, and his intricate knowledge of every organization in the NHL.

13. Ian Darke

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13. Ian Darke

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Darke is one of the best soccer announcers in the world, and he has been heavily featured stateside since joining ESPN for the 2010 World Cup. Darke has a knowledge of soccer that can't truly be taught.

12. Jon Miller

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12. Jon Miller

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Miller may have ended his 20-year run as the voice of Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN back in 2010, but his talents are still in full force for the San Francisco Giants on radio and television.

11. Jon Gruden

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11. Jon Gruden

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Gruden has been announcing Monday Night Football Games since 2009, bringing an analytical view to the game that few can match.

10. Kirk Herbstreit

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10. Kirk Herbstreit

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Herbstreit has been a lead analyst for College Gameday since 1996, teaming up with Brent Musburger to form one of the best announcing teams in sports.

9. Jay Bilas

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9. Jay Bilas

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Bilas has been announcing college basketball games for ESPN since 1995, becoming one of the network's top analysts in the process. Bilas is one of the smartest announcers in the world, and provides a bit of sanity for those who can't handle Dick Vitale.

8. Steve Kerr

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8. Steve Kerr

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Kerr has been broadcasting for TBS since 2003, quickly becoming one of the most respected announcers in the NBA. Kerr s a very knowledgeable basketball mind who stays level-headed even when games get a bit crazy.

7. Dan Shulman

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7. Dan Shulman

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Shulman has been announcing for TSN since 1995 and ESPN since 2001, becoming one of the best baseball announcers along the way. Shulman knows his role in the booth is to set up the situation on the field and let the analysts take care of the more intricate items.

6. Al Michaels

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6. Al Michaels

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Michaels is known by most younger sports fans as the announcer of Sunday Night Football, but he has also previously announced the World Series, Stanley Cup, NBA Finals, Indianapolis 500 and Olympics. Michaels was the voice behind the iconic U.S. win over the USSR at the 1980 Olympics, and there are few people who command a game from the booth quite like he does.

5. Doc Emrick

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5. Doc Emrick

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Emrick has been one of the top voices on national NHL telecasts for the last 20 years, and he has also become the top voice for Olympic hockey on NBC. Emrick is known for his great knowledge of every team and player in the NHL, his somewhat quirky vocabulary usage and ability to keep up with the fast pace of NHL games.

4. Marv Albert

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4. Marv Albert

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Albert has previously announced the Stanley Cup Finals, Super Bowl, the NCAA tournament and Wimbledon Championship, but he is most recognized as the voice of New York Knicks and NBA basketball. Albert has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his work.

3. Martin Tyler

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3. Martin Tyler

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Tyler is a world-renowned soccer announcer for his current work on Sky Sports in England and previous work on ESPN. Tyler has contacts all over the soccer world that give him rare access and knowledge of nearly every team in the world, and his analytical and play-calling skills make viewers feel like they are in the stadium with him.

2. Bob Costas

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2. Bob Costas

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Costas may not do as much live announcing as he used to, but there is little doubt that his announcing duties on the MLB Network become must-watch television. Costas has a passion for all sports, and specifically baseball, that can't be taught. Plus, gotta give the guy credit for toughing out pink eye on NBC coverage at the 2014 Olympics.

1. Vin Scully

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1. Vin Scully

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Vin Scully has been working in the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers since 1950 when the played in Brooklyn, and every year fans pray that the 86-year-old comes back. Scully has called too many iconic baseball moments to count, and his television announcing could be described as a work of art.


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  • Deno Lorenzo

    I’m surprised I haven’t heard of a few of the guys. However, the one’s I recognize I couldn’t agree with you more other than Jon Gruden! Jon Miller, Vin Sculley, and Al Michaels: The Best! Locally for baseball, Tom Hamilton is fantastic and I’m surprised he isn’t on the national scene?!?

    • Tyler Leli

      Thank you for your feedback, and I am glad that you agreed with the majority of my list. Hamilton is certainly a great announcer for Cleveland and B10 Network, although his lack of announcing on an ESPN or other national baseball venue may be a personal decision. Either way, Iwould personally have to say that the majority of the best announcers out there do call baseball in some capacity, and thank you for reading!