- Television Play-By-Play Announcer
Eric Reid is the lone remaining original member of the Miami HEAT broadcasting team and enters his 32nd season of calling the action for the HEAT..
Reid has broadcast 2,256 regular season HEAT games during the franchise’s first 31 seasons, having joined the organization just prior to the team’s inaugural season in 1988-89. This season is his 43rd consecutive year broadcasting basketball and his 29th doing the play-by-play for the HEAT. In both 2017 and 2018, Reid was named, the Florida Sportscaster of the Year, selected by his peers in the National Sports Media Association. Since 2005, Reid, has won 17 regional Emmy Awards, including three for his play-by-play work in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Reid will describe the action for all preseason, regular season and postseason games carried on FOX Sports Sun. He also serves as a host for FOX Sports Sun’s Emmy award-winning Inside the HEAT series.
Reid started with the HEAT as the color analyst, for three seasons on the team’s simulcast, before switching to play-by-play duties in 1991, where he worked alongside Dave Wohl, a former HEAT assistant coach and general manager. For eight seasons (1992-00), Reid teamed with Hall-of-Fame coach, Dr. Jack Ramsay. The popular tandem worked over 500 HEAT telecasts together. Reid has also teamed with former HEAT player Ed Pinckney (2000-03) and former NBA Head Coach Mike Fratello (2002-04). For 15 seasons, Reid teamed with another HEAT original, Tony Fiorentino and broadcast nearly 1,000 games together, including the HEAT’s three Championship seasons. For the second straight season Reid will work alongside former Miami HEAT point guard, John Crotty.
In October 2011, Reid received the Lifetime Contribution to Sports Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Reid is an accomplished football broadcaster with 21 seasons of work, including the Big East Game of the Week for two years on ESPN Regional, University of Miami on SportsChannel and Sunshine Network, Florida International University on Sun Sports and WTVJ and Boston College on the New England Sports Network (NESN). In 2005 Reid received the Outstanding Communicator Award from St. Thomas University.
Prior to joining the HEAT, Reid spent 11 years as a college basketball broadcaster. For six seasons he was the radio voice of Providence College basketball, including the Friars’ 1987 trip to the NCAA Final Four. Reid spent three years in Boston working for NESN and hosted both pre- and post-game shows for the Boston Red Sox. While at NESN he did play-by-play for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston’s AAA affiliate. He was also the host and writer for the syndicated weekly television show, “This Week in the Big East”. Reid began his broadcast career as the radio play-by-play voice of Cornell University football, basketball and lacrosse when he served as sports director at WHCU Radio in Ithaca, New York. He has also done play-by-play work with Brown University football, University of South Florida basketball and Big East basketball. In 1990 he called the NCAA Lacrosse National Championships for ESPN.
Reid is a 1979 graduate of Ithaca College and a native of Massapequa, NY. He resides in Boca Raton, with his wife Sonide. The couple has three children, Phyllisia, Andrew and Dariel.