He's able to deliver all of it in a strong layman's voice that complements the intelligence of Al Michaels to a tee. He may also be the most underutilized. 46. He does it in the cauldron of being No. Skip Bayless is a brutally honest sports analyst whose career spans decades. More: Opinion: Greatest NFL players by uniform number: From No. He called a record 16 Super Bowls on TV, was named the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio and Television Award winner in 1994 and was CBS’ lead announcer on its PGA Tour coverage. — Vinnie Iyer, WHY HE MADE THE LIST: Since his retirement as a player, “C-Webb” has gone back and forth between the studio and the game for TNT and NBA TV. He also has a big advantage over Waltrip and other veteran announcers in that he just climbed out a racecar last year, so he is able to convey the most current technical and insider knowledge. But go a level beyond that, and it’s obvious that Barry, a longtime player and the son of one of the most recognizable voices in NBA history, Rick Barry, has more in his bag of tricks than a few bad tweets read out loud. WHY HE MADE THE LIST: He tells it like it is. We ranked only analysts who work on national broadcast or cable networks. MORE: Should we believe the UNC conspiracy theories? “Since the 1970s, Al has been at or near the peak of all network play-by-play men,” Bob Costas told USA TODAY Sports last season. — Mike DeCourcy, WHY HE MADE THE LIST: Nobody works harder at understanding the game, from the players coming up on the high school circuit to the international talent he analyzes for the network's coverage of the annual NBA Draft to the coaches who populate the sport. “And I think now, for a sustained period of time, he has been the standard of maybe two generations.” He won the Rozelle Award in 2013. He was named to four Halls of Fame, including the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. MORE: Charles Barkley apologizes to Rockets, It’s not always what you want to hear, but it’s often what you need to hear. Gowdy was the Pete Rozelle Radio and Television Award winner in 1993. Buck was named the Rozelle winner in 1996. If you love talking football, we have the perfect spot for you. He won the Rozelle Award in 2010. — Jeff Owens. He was the third man in the booth, unheard of at the time, alongside former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith and Hall of Famer Frank Gifford (the latter joining after a brief stay by original play-by-play announcer Keith Jackson). Appropriately, he would have been 100 this year. Tony Romo: The former Cowboys’ quarterback has a small sample size but already has gained rave reviews for his insight and ability to predict plays. “Chris was an unbelievable gentleman,” said legendary TV producer  Don Ohlmeyer, according to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Jackson began in broadcasting at the Big Ten Network following a 15-year career in the NBA, the longest stint being with the Dallas Mavericks at the start of his career, and was equally impressive as a studio and game analyst. As expected, Burton adapted quickly, sharing his deep knowledge and blunt opinions with the television audience. While many hockey analysts fall back on long-overused tropes, his analysis is typically thoughtful and progressive. Cassidy is an American ESPN anchor and host. 6- Bob Costas. A keen eye for details of the game isn’t Smoltz’s only strength — he is engaging enough that, for the first time in years, Joe Buck seems to be excited to be calling baseball games and not just counting down the days until the NFL season starts. 99 J.J. Watt, The best players in the history of each NFL franchise, fellow football fans and our NFL insiders, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Vern Lundquist: Known mostly for college football and golf (the 16th hole at Augusta is his canvass), he worked for NFL Films and called games for CBS. — Jeff Owens. They can attract younger viewers to the often stodgy sport of figure skating. Whatever you celebrate, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Festivus, the holiday season is here. Here is the final instalment as we reveal the top 10. Time never stops for the great. ones.” Also known as the voice of the Oakland Athletics and the Golden State Warriors. The son of broadcast legend Jack Buck, he for some reason polarizes viewers. Gordon is not just a star in the making — he is already a star. Jack Buck: Known mainly for baseball and as the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. 9. Won the Rozelle Award in 2018, joining Lesley Visser as the only female winners. Aside from his trademark “Boom!” call, he is known for coming up with the term “turducken” for his turkey/duck/chicken extravaganza awarded to the winning team on whichever Thanksgiving Day game telecast he was working. 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