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Joe Tessitore

Joe Tessitore is an American sportscaster for ABC and ESPN. He is the play-by-play broadcaster of Monday Night Football, alongside color commentator Jason Witten and Booger McFarland. Tessitore also leads ESPN's world championship fight broadcasts as the blow-by-blow broadcaster for Top Rank Boxing on ESPN.

Joe Tessitore
Born
Joe Tessitore

EducationChristian Brothers Academy
Alma materBoston College
OccupationSportscaster
Years active1993–present
EmployerESPN
TelevisionKXAS-TV; WRGB (1994–1995)
WFSB (1995–2002)
ABC and ESPN (2002–present)

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Early careerEdit

Tessitore's broadcasting career began at KXAS-TV, an NBC affiliate in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. In 1994, he briefly moved to WRGB (CBS) in Albany, New York before joining WFSB (CBS) in Hartford, Connecticut in 1995.[1] Tessitore took over the primary sports anchor role in 1997.[2]

ESPNEdit

In February 2002, Tessitore began calling boxing on ESPN as part of Tuesday Night Fights and Friday Night Fights. Soon to follow, he was appearing on NBA on ESPN, ESPN College Football and college basketball broadcasts. In addition to his regular duties of football, horse racing and fights Joe has covered a wide array of sporting events for ESPN and is also a featured contributor for ESPN.com. Alongside Monday Night Football he is also the lead broadcaster for college basketball's Super Tuesday on ESPN, and the SEC Basketball Tournament, where he is paired with Dick Vitale and Sean Farnham. Tessitore has also been a popular longtime blow-by-blow boxing broadcaster on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, paired with legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas. He is known for his on-air work with ESPN/ABC College Football and ESPN Boxing. He is widely regarded as one of the most versatile broadcasters at the network.

Tessitore spent many years anchoring ABC/ESPN Horse Racing presentations including The Belmont Stakes and The Breeders’ Cup World Championships. In 2008, he was the leading the ABC broadcast team when undefeated colt Big Brown failed to win horse racing's Triple Crown. In 2015, he was trackside anchoring Sportscenter's weeklong coverage of American Pharoah's history making win. Tessitore also was ESPN's host/anchor when famed race horse Zenyatta's unbeaten streak was stopped. The champion filly was defeated in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Tessitore has produced documentaries for ESPN's award-winning 30 for 30 series. In 2011, he was the executive producer of the ESPN Film Roll Tide, War Eagle. In 2012, he was the consulting producer on ESPN's 30 for 30 featuring Bo Jackson.

For five years, Tessitore was the host of ESPN’s live New Year's Eve specials, including RedBull New Year, No Limits, and the debut of ESPN's Year of the Quarterback.

College footballEdit

Previous to joining Monday Night Football, Tessitore was the lead play-by-play broadcaster for ESPN's Saturday Night College Football Primetime Game and the College Football Playoff. He appeared in the booth alongside veteran broadcaster Todd Blackledge as part of ESPN's coverage of college football. Tessitore, with his primetime crew, were honored for their work including being chosen by Sports Illustrated as the 2016 Broadcast Team of the Year.[3]

Previously, Tessitore also served in the play-by-play role for ESPN's Thursday Night Football and was host of SEC Nation paired with Tim Tebow and Paul Finebaum. He also has hosted ESPN's College Football Final, College Football Live, various Sportscenter specials and has long been a fixture on ESPN's presentation of the Heisman Trophy, as he is considered the leading expert on the trophy and its voting history. Tessitore is the host of ESPN's extensive coverage of National Signing Day. He has been the broadcaster of multiple Orange Bowls, the Peach Bowl, the Sugar Bowl broadcast team. He has worked play-by-play for the BCS Championship on ESPN 3D, and is the lead broadcaster for ESPNs Megacast Homers edition of College Football's National Championship Games.

Tessitore has broadcast some of the most thrilling games in recent college football. In 2016 he was the broadcaster of ABC's Texas double-overtime win over Notre Dame, as well as calling highly rated overtime games between Arkansas/TCU and Nebraska/Wisconsin. In 2013, he was the broadcaster of Penn State's upset of then unbeaten Michigan in four overtimes. Tessitore also broadcast the Ole Miss last-second upset of #6 LSU, as well as #21 South Carolina's double-overtime upset of previously unbeaten #5 Missouri. He had the dramatic call of Iowa State's double-overtime win of #2 Oklahoma State, as well as Robert Griffin's last second TD pass for Baylor's stunning victory over #5 Oklahoma. In 2010 he also was the play by play host for two of the biggest upsets of the year. On November 26, 2010, he was ESPN's play-by-play broadcaster for #19 Nevada's overtime upset of #4 Boise State. In October 2010 Tessitore had the call of undefeated LSU's dramatic last second win over Florida. He was also the ESPN broadcaster for Illinois' last second come from behind victory over #1 Indiana.

Monday Night FootballEdit

In 2018, Tessitore was named play by play announcer for Monday Night Football replacing Sean McDonough who will return to announcing college football, swapping roles with Tessitore. He broadcasts Monday Night Football along with Jason Witten, field analyst Booger McFarland, and sideline reporter Lisa Salters.[4]

HonorsEdit

Tessitore has been honored for his on-air work. Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has twice named him a finalist for Sports Media Person of the Year. On January 18, 2010, he accepted an Eclipse Award on behalf of his ESPN production team for their Belmont Stakes broadcast on ABC. On June 4, 2010, the Boxing Writers of America presented Tessitore with the prestigious Sam Taub award for Broadcast Excellence. The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame included Tessitore in their 2010 class of inductees.

Outside ESPNEdit

Since 2004, Tessitore has been the voice for the top selling Fight Night video game series produced by EA Sports. He also played himself in three national commercials for Dr. Pepper which aired extensively through fall of 2016 and winter of 2017. Tessitore’s distinct voice-over work has been used in several feature films, including Annapolis, The Breakup, plus numerous TV programs. He has also appeared in the TV drama The Dead Zone acting as himself in an episode.

Tessitore was considered an expert in many of the fields he covers. He was part of Ring Magazine’s rankings panel as well as a voter for the Heisman Trophy. On April 3, 2010, he was the lead host and ringside broadcaster for HBO PPV's Bernard Hopkins victory over longtime rival Roy Jones Jr on pay-per-view.

Through the years Tessitore has also worked play-by-play or host duties on The Contender, HBO pay-per-view, international pay-per-view, Showtime pay-per-view and many ESPN properties.

In 2017, he became the co-host of ABC's Battle of the Network Stars, a reboot of the Howard Cosell led celebrity classic from the 1970s and 80s.[5]

Announcing styleEdit

Tessitore has become a sports fan favorite through the years with his distinctive style, commanding voice and penchant for thrilling moments to materialize during his broadcasts. National media and sports writers have dubbed it "the Tess effect," as social media buzzes when Tessitore is calling a big game or live event.[6] In August 2012, he was the subject of an extensive feature story titled, "Tessitore becoming major voice of college football, one upset at a time", written by Stewart Mandel.[7]

EducationEdit

Tessitore graduated from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College with a degree in Marketing. He completed his college preparatory studies at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, NY.

Personal lifeEdit

Tessitore is a member of the National Italian-American Foundation. He is on the board of Directors for the Connecticut Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tessitore founded the annual Sportscasters' SuperBall for CF Research. His son, John, is currently a kicker at Boston College.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Howell, John (May 21, 2003). "Tessitore Going To ESPN". Hartford Courant. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Amore, Don (April 25, 1997). "Tessitore Is On Scene 5 More Years". Hartford Courant. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  3. ^ "Sports Illustrated Media Awards: The best and worst of 2016".
  4. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/ct-spt-espn-monday-night-football-announcers-20180510-story.html
  5. ^ https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/battle-of-the-network-stars-abc-teams-1202462437/
  6. ^ "The Tess Effect: A study of Joe Tessitore's magic spell over the world of college football; Punt, Pass & Pork".
  7. ^ "Tessitore becoming major voice of college football, one upset at a time".

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Preceded by
Sean McDonough
Monday Night Football play-by-play announcer
2018-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent