Wolves Announce Play-By-Play Announcer Dave Benz
FOX Sports North, in conjunction with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, today named Dave Benz television play-by-play announcer. Benz will call his first regular season game on FOX Sports North on Nov. 4 when the Timberwolves face Toronto.
Benz, a graduate of Oswego State University (Oswego, NY,) brings a wealth of experience and versatility to Minnesota with over 20 years in the sports industry. His television and radio play-by-play experience includes college basketball for FOX Sports, the mtn. and Comcast Sportsnet where he covered a number of men’s and women’s programs in the Mountain West, Pac-12, Big-12, WCC, Big West and Sun Belt conferences. He has also been behind the mic for Major League Baseball Cactus League games as well as Arena Football League and CHSAA High School Football games. Most recently he was the radio “Voice of the Sabercats” for San Jose’s AFL team.
Benz comes to the Twin Cities from the San Francisco Bay Area where he worked as host, anchor and reporter for Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area. There he had the opportunity to cover the Giants 2010 World Series title and the 49ers run to the NFC Championship game as a pre and postgame show host. His lengthy career has afforded him the opportunity to regularly cover a number of NBA teams including roles as pre and postgame host for the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors. He has also had roles covering the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be the new television voice of the Timberwolves. It has been my lifelong dream to be an NBA play-by-play announcer,” Benz said. “I look forward to calling many Timberwolves wins this season alongside Jim Petersen, who is one of the best in the business. I also look forward to meeting Timberwolves fans and sharing in their passion for this organization.”
Benz will team with television analyst Jim Petersen on FOX Sports North for 50 telecasts this season. Petersen enters his 15th year as the Timberwolves television analyst.
Dave Benz and his wife Sacha have one child, Brendan who is three.
“We’re pleased to welcome Dave to our FOX Sports North family, we’re confident he’ll bring energy and enthusiasm to our Timberwolves telecasts,” said Tony Tortorici, executive producer for FOX Sports North. “His knowledge of the sports scene will complement Petersen, Hanneman, Lynch and the rest of the TV team very well.”
FOX Sports North reaches more than 2 million homes throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North and South Dakota and telecasts nearly 2,600 hours of locally produced programming per year. For more information about the Emmy Award-winning regional sports network, visit: www.foxsportsnorth.com.