ESPN Adds Play-by-Play Voice


After three decades of calling sports for NBC, CBS and Fox, Tim Ryan is
taking his play-by-play work full-time to ESPN.

The network signed Ryan to an agreement Monday morning, financial terms
undisclosed. He'll spend this fall announcing selected college-football games on
ESPN and ESPN2, starting with the Toledo-Marshall contest Sept. 12.

Ryan will also call matches at the Australian and French Open tennis
tournaments next year on ESPN, as well as boxing programs on both channels. Ryan
handled selected Wimbledon Championships tennis matches on ESPN earlier this

"I am delighted to be joining the team to call ESPN's coverage of three Grand
Slams, as well as looking forward to college football on Fridays and getting
back to doing boxing, which has been a great part of my career," he said in a
prepared statement.

NBC was Ryan's first national sportscasting home in 1972, doing National
Hockey League games, boxing and other events. He moved to CBS five years later
for professional and college football and basketball.

Ryan's resume includes skiing and other coverage at five Olympic