Few play-by-play men are as versatile as Ian Eagle. The sportscaster is the voice of NFL and NCAA mens basketball games on CBS, and has also called US Open tennis matches and PGA golf for the broadcast network.
For the upcoming season, CBS is pairing Eagle with analyst Dan Fouts in the broadcast booth.
SportsNewser spoke to Eagle at an NFL on CBS press event earlier this week about his new broadcast partner, and how being a sportscaster has evolved over the last decade.
SportsNewser: Are you looking forward to working with Dan Fouts in the broadcast booth?
Ian Eagle: Every analyst I have worked I have learned something new from them. Mark May, when I originally came to CBS in 1998, Solomon Wilcots, who I worked with for eight years, so I had the offensive lineman, the safety, then I worked with Rich Gannon so I had the quarterback perspective, and now with Dan Fouts a new perspective as well. I am really excited. He is a hall of famer, and the man has an impressive beard, there are a lot of positives there. I can’t grow a beard, so I respect that. The reality, in all seriousness, is that now more than ever you are judged as a team. Fans will say, ‘I like these guys’ or ‘I don’t like these guys.’ Being in sync and building that chemistry, which I think with Dan will build very quickly.
Are there any matchups or games you are looking forward to in particular this season?