Ian Eagle begins his 12th year as the television play-by-play announcer for Nets telecasts, adding to his résumé as one of the top sportscasters in the nation. Ian became the radio voice of the Nets in 1994, and moved into the television slot the following year. Following the 01-02 season, Ian won a New York Sports Emmy for his play-by-play work of the Pacers/Nets Game 5 of the NBA playoffs, and has also received a New York Sports Emmy nomination for his work during the 1999-2000 NBA season.
A 1990 graduate of Syracuse University, Ian was the play-by-play voice of the Orangemen in football, basketball and lacrosse, and was awarded the Bob Costas Award for Outstanding Sportscasting. "The Bird" joined WFAN as a producer in 1990 and debuted as host of his own show in 1992. The following year, Ian began hosting pregame and postgame shows for Jets football on WFAN and was named the Jets radio play-by-play voice for the 1997 campaign.
One of CBS's most versatile announcers, Ian has been one of the play-byplay voices for the NFL on CBS since 1998. In addition to football, Ian has called the NCAA Tournament for CBS for the past nine years, the Army/Navy football game, boxing and anchored the "Sportsdesk" at CBS. "The Bird" also has a foreign accent to his résumé, as he did the English-language play-by-play for the International telecast of the NBA Finals from 1995 through 1998.
In some of his latest ventures, Ian has worked the NBA Playoffs for NBA TV, as well as calling play-by-play for the NCAA Track and Field Championships, covering the US Open for CBS, hosting a daily NBA show, "Full Court Press", with Kenny Smith on SIRIUS NFL Radio and is the voice for the new Sony PSP 2007 NBA video game alongside Nets broadcaster, Mark Jackson.
Jim Spanarkel brings a wealth of experience to his position as analyst on YES' Nets telecasts. All told, he has worked a total of 18 years as a Nets television analyst, and he also works CBS Sports regular season and NCAA Men's Championship college basketball coverage. In addition, Spanarkel serves as a studio analyst for NBA TV.
As a standout basketball player at Duke, Spanarkel earned All-American honors in 1979 and Academic All-American honors in 1978 and 1979. He was Duke's team MVP his final three seasons 1977-79, was team captain as a junior and senior, and was named NCAA East Regional Most Outstanding Player in 1978. He graduated form Duke in 1979.
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Spanarkel with the 16th overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft and, after playing for the 76ers during the 1979-80 campaign, he played the next four seasons with the Dallas Mavericks. He led Dallas in scoring during the 1980-81 season.
Spanarkel was born in Jersey City, N.J., and played his high school ball at Hudson Catholic High School, also in Jersey City. Jim and his wife, Janet, have four children.
Chris Carrino will begin his eighth season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Nets, whose games are heard on WFAN 660 AM. Carrino has described many of the greatest moments in franchise history, including both NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. Chris also fills in on the TV side occasionally for YES Network's coverage of Nets games. Overall, he has been involved with the Nets broadcasts since 1992, when he started as studio coordinator and feature reporter.
This summer, Carrino made his Olympic debut calling basketball play-by-play as part of NBC Sports' coverage of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Over the years, Carrino has lent his voice to numerous International competitions for both NBA TV and ESPN, including the 2006 FIBA World Championships and the 2007 FIBA Tournament of the Americas.
Chris also has added football to his resume, calling the radio play-by-play of Giants pre-season football as well as TV play-by-play of college football for the ESPN family of stations. He has also worked as an NFL Network broadcaster, calling the final two seasons of NFL Europa as well as the 2007 World Cup of American Football.
A 1992 graduate of Fordham University, Carrino was an award-winning radio voice of Fordham basketball, football, and baseball on the famed WFUV. The 38-year old Carrino resides in New Jersey with his wife, Laura, and their son, Christopher.
Tim Capstraw begins his seventh season as the Nets radio color analyst. In addition to his work on Nets broadcasts, Capstraw serves as NBA TV's lead analyst for the Euroleague, several other international championships, the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and in 2007, worked on their coverage of the FIBA Americas Tournament. Capstraw was the head basketball coach at Wagner College for 10 seasons from 1989-1999, following four seasons as an assistant coach at Siena College. He also served as head baseball coach at Wagner from 1983-85.
Tim was a television and radio analyst for the Northeast Conference for three years prior to joining the Nets radio team, and was a television analyst for the Atlantic 10 Conference during the 2001-02 season. Among Capstraw's honors, he was named 1993 Northeast Conference "Coach of the Year" and won the 2000 Metropolitan Basketball Writers "Good Guy Award". He also holds the distinction of being the youngest Division 1 coach in both basketball (28) and baseball (23). Capstraw is a 1982 graduate of Wagner College. Tim and his wife, Chelsea, have two children, Ross and Kiley.