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Joseph William Tessitore (born 1971) is an American sportscaster for ABC and ESPN. He is the play-by-play broadcaster of Monday Night Football, alongside analyst Booger McFarland. Tessitore also leads ESPN's world championship fight broadcasts as the blow-by-blow broadcaster for Top Rank Boxing on ESPN, and serves as a host for Holey Moley on ABC alongside comedian Rob Riggle and NBA star Stephen Curry.

Joe Tessitore
Joe Tessitore - 2018 SEC Summerfest (cropped).jpg
Tessitore in 2018
Born
Joseph William Tessitore

1971 (age 47–48)
ResidenceWallingford, Connecticut
EducationChristian Brothers Academy
Alma materBoston College (BS)
OccupationSportscaster
Years active1993–present
EmployerESPN
TelevisionKXAS-TV; WRGB (1994–1995)
WFSB (1995–2002)
ABC and ESPN (2002–present)

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 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. Along with Monday Night Football he was also the lead broadcaster for college basketball's Super Tuesday on ESPN, and the SEC Basketball Tournament, where he was paired with Dick Vitale and Sean Farnham. Tessitore 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.

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.

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

EducationEdit

Tessitore graduated from the Boston College Carroll School of Management in 1993.[7][8] He completed his college preparatory studies at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, N.Y.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Tessitore is a member of the National Italian American Foundation and is on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.[9][10] Tessitore founded the annual Sportscasters' SuperBall for CF Research.[11] His son, John, is currently a kicker at Boston College.[12]

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. ^ https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/battle-of-the-network-stars-abc-teams-1202462437/
  5. ^ "The Tess Effect: A study of Joe Tessitore's magic spell over the world of college football; Punt, Pass & Pork". Sports Illustrated.
  6. ^ "Tessitore becoming major voice of college football, one upset at a time". Sports Illustrated.
  7. ^ Why ESPN Chose Joe Tessitore to Rebuild Its Relationship With the NFL. The Ringer. August 16, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Face to Face with Joe Tessitore. The Heights. October 28, 1991. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  9. ^ ESPN’s Joe Tessitore Named Emcee of 2018 NFF Annual Awards Dinner. Footballfoundation.org. November 19, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  10. ^ Joe Tessitore. ESPN Press Room. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  11. ^ Jacobs, Jeff. "Strong Voice for CF Still Cracks". Hartford Courant. November 22, 2002. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  12. ^ John Tessitore. bceagles.com. Retrieved June 15, 2019.

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