Matt Devlin Bio
July 3, 2008 -- Matt Devlin joins the Raptors for his first season as the club’s television play-by-play voice. He brings a wealth of experience to Raptors games having called NBA action for the Charlotte Bobcats, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA TV and TNT.
Considered one of the top young broadcasters in the industry, Devlin has also called National Football League and Major League Baseball contests, WNBA and college basketball, football and baseball games, as well as Olympic track and field, diving and wresting.
Devlin was the first television announcer in Bobcats history, handling the duties for the NBA’s newest expansion franchise for three seasons (2004-07). His NBA team broadcasting career began in 2001 when he served three seasons as the television play-by-play voice of the Grizzlies. He called the team’s record 50-win season and first playoff appearance in 2004.
Devlin has also worked with the NBA and its national television partners since 2002, serving as a play-by-play announcer and sideline reporter for TNT’s national coverage. He will continue to do so when his obligations with the Raptors allow. He has been a broadcaster for NBA TV since the league launched its network in October 1999, working as a studio host and play-by-play voice on game broadcasts of the regular season, playoffs, summer leagues and the WNBA. Devlin has covered many events for the NBA, including the 2003 All-Star Weekend when he co-hosted several shows live from Atlanta.
This summer he will work for NBC, broadcasting wrestling from the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. This will be his second Olympics for the National Broadcasting Corporation. He handled the play-by-play duties for track and field and diving for the network’s high definition Olympic telecasts in 2004 from Athens, Greece.
Most recently, Devlin has broadcast National Football League and Major League Baseball action for Fox, as well as college basketball and baseball on the Big Ten Network.
Prior to joining the Grizzlies, Devlin called the play-by-play action for the New York Liberty of the WNBA for the MSG Network, and also was a radio pre-game and post-game host for select games on the network’s broadcasts of the New York Knicks and New York Yankees. Devlin also hosted the WNBA Draft on three occasions for the event’s live broadcast on ESPN2.
In addition to his NBA and WNBA experience, Devlin has also called college basketball and football games on ESPN, the Atlantic 10 basketball network and the MSG Network,. Moreover, Devlin has announced games for the St. Louis Cardinals, the University of Connecticut Huskies, ESPN Regional, ESPN International and four minor league baseball teams. He started his broadcast career in Abilene, Texas at the NBC affiliate.
Devlin has made community involvement a priority in each of his NBA broadcasting positions. He currently serves on the board of Dore Academy, Charlotte’s first school for children with learning disabilities. He has been active in the NBA’s Read to Achieve literacy program, and is a frequent guest speaker at schools and businesses.
Devlin is a 1990 graduate of Boston College and attended high school in Nashville, Tennessee. He and his wife, Erin, have three sons, Jack (8), Ian (6) and Luke (4).