Ian Eagle Biography
Ian Eagle is an American sports announcer. Eagle calls NFL, NBA and March Madness games on CBS, TBS, NBC and TNT and Brooklyn Nets games on the YES Network and hosts Full Court Press, a basketball talk show, with former player Kenny Smith on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Other announcing experiences include NCAA men’s basketball, NBA, the Army–Navy football games, tennis, the Army-Navy basketball games, boxing and NCAA track and field for CBS. Eagle is a graduate of Syracuse University. Eagle is known as “Bird” or the “Birdman”.
Ian Eagle Age
Ian Eagle was born on February 9, 1969Essex Fells, New Jersey, U.S.
Ian Eagle Height
He stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inches.
Ian Eagle Salary & Net Worth
Being American sports announcer, Eagle recieves a good salary of $200,000, as his annual salary from the network which has made him accumulate an estimated net worth of $1 million dollars.
Ian Eagle Wife & Son
Ian is currently married to his longtime girlfriend Alisa Beth Terry since 1993. The couple is blessed with two children namely, Noah and Erin.
Ian Eagle Parents
Eagle was born to Jack Eagle and Monica Maris which are both entertainers. Jack, a former “Catskills comedian” and commercial actor, was well known for portraying “Brother Dominic” and “Mr. Cholesterol” in Xerox and Fleischmann’s margarine television commercials respectively in the 1970s. Maris was a singer.
Ian Eagle Early Career
Eagle started his career by announcing football, basketball and lacrosse for the Syracuse Orangemen on WAER, a student run radio station. At Syracuse, he was in the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. In 1990, after his graduation Eagle started working for WFAN Radio in New York City as a producer. WFAN gave him his own show (Bagels and Baseball) in 1992. Eagle was given pregame and postgame duties for the Jets in 1993. 1994 saw his first year as a Nets play-by-play radio announcer. A year later, he was made a TV announcer for SportsChannel, which later became Fox Sports Net New York (now MSG Plus). WFAN made Eagle play-by-play announcer for Jets games in 1997.
Ian Eagle Later Television and Radio Career
In 1998, Eagle joined CBS doing announcing work for NFL, NBA and NCAA basketball. He continues to serve these roles today. He joined Dan Fouts in 2010, to make up the number three broadcast team for CBS’ NFL coverage. The pair was elevated to the number two team behind Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in the 2014 season. Other CBS work includes boxing, the U.S. Open (both the late night show and daytime studio host for 2008 U.S. Open coverage), The Pilot Pen Tennis tournament and the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Before joining the YES Network as Nets announcer in 2002, Eagle served the same role for the Nets on the MSG Network and Fox Sports Net New York. When Marv Albert joined the YES Network before the 2005-2006 NBA season, the games were split between the two broadcasters, before Eagle again became the primary announcer for the Nets in the 2011-2012 NBA season upon Albert’s departure.
During the 2010 NBA Playoffs, Eagle called two games on TNT, a likely move to promote him to calling national television broadcasts, similar to what Albert, former Minnesota Timberwolves play-by-play man Kevin Harlan and Knicks play-by-play man Mike Breen experienced. Eagle was again called up by TNT for the 2011 NBA Playoffs, pairing with his YES colleague Mike Fratello.
He also does play-by-play for Thursday Night Football on Westwood One. On Sirius, additionally to his daily talk show, Eagle did a weekly talk show, The Phil Jackson Show, with Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson. And Eagle retains his roots to WFAN, occasionally serving as a fill-in talk show host on his old station.
He also serves as the voice-over host of NBA Action and previously, NBA Jam. Eagle called the international telecasts of the 2013 NBA Finals in 2013, togerther with Jim Spanarkel, his partner on Nets broadcasts on YES.
Since Eagle pronounces his first name “EYE-un” (instead of the more common “EE-an”), he has often admitted that life was easier before the 1986 release of the movie Iron Eagle. In fact, many callers (including prominent sports figures) continue to call him “Iron Eagle”—much to his chagrin.