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Encyclopedia > Jim Simpson (sportscaster)

Jim Simpson is a retired American sportscaster, known for his smooth delivery as a play-by-play man and his versatility in covering many different sports. In 1997 he won the Sports Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1999 he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame. A sportscaster is an announcer on radio or television who specializes in reporting or commenting on sports events. ... Play-by-play, in broadcasting, means the reporting of a sporting event with a voiceover describing the details of the action of the game in progress. ... The Sports Lifetime Achievement Award is a special award given away each year at the Sports Emmy Awards. ...

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Simpson appeared as an assistant broadcaster to Jim McKay on ABC's Wide World of Sports during the 1960s. He then moved to NBC where he broadcast many sports, including football, basketball, baseball and golf. He was generally considered the network's number two play-by-play announcer, behind only Curt Gowdy. His work on American Football League and later American Football Conference games for NBC is perhaps what he is best remembered for. University of Alabama The University of Alabama (also known as Alabama, UA, or colloquially as Bama) is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. ... James Kenneth McManus, better known by his professional name of Jim McKay (born September 24, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is an American television sports journalist. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... ABCs Wide World of Sports is a long-running sports anthology show on American television. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 Basketball is a sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points by throwing a ball through a hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... Baseball is a team sport in which a player on one team (the pitcher) attempts to throw a hard, fist-sized ball past a player on the other team (the batter), who attempts to hit the baseball with a tapered, smooth, cylindrical stick called a bat. ... Golf (gowf in Scots) is a game where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... Curt Gowdy (born July 31, 1919, in Green River, Wyoming) is a former American sportscaster. ... AFL logo The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ... The American Football Conference (or AFC) is one of the two conferences that compose the National Football League. ...

In 1979 the fledgling ESPN cable sports network brought Simpson on board to provide some needed credibility with sports fans. According to the ESPN web site, Simpson broadcast the first college basketball game the network televised, with flamboyant Dick Vitale as the color man. Vitale credits Simpson with helping him develop as a sportscaster. ESPN (once an abbreviation for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

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NSSA Hall of Fame photograph and brief biography



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