About Barry Tompkins biography
Barry was born and raised in San Francisco and began his career in local television there at KPIX-TV in 1968. Since then he has spent five years at NBC, ten years at HBO, eight years at ESPN, and the past fourteen years at Fox Sports.
His credits include play-by-play commentary of The Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, eight Olympic Games, The Tour de France, Wimbledon, the French Open and the U.S. Open Tennis, the World Gymnastics Championships, World Swimming and Diving Championships, World Figure Skating Championships, and horse racing’s Triple Crown, World Cup Skiing, San Francisco Giants baseball, and over 100 World Championship fights.
In addition he has covered the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA golf events, The Indy 500, Baseball World Series, hockey’s Stanley Cup, and the Soccer World Cup.
Barry is in his 30th year as the voice of Pac-10 Conference Football and Basketball for Fox Sports Net and continues to broadcast a wide variety of events on national television.
In addition to his broadcasting work, Barry writes a humor column for the Marin Independent Journal and is a contributing columnist for Comcast Sports News Bay Area.
Marin Independent Journal columns
- It's not a real Jewish deli if there's no abuse
- I've probably bored my loyal readers on too many occasions to count about being born and raised in San Francisco. My roots are steeped in the Richmond District of the city where sunshine was only a rumor, and ice plant was the only organism that would grow in the cold, foggy, windy blocks that ended at Playland at the Beach. …more (Marin IJ)
- Every now and then, the good guys win
- No cheering in the press box. It's a credo I've lived and died with for the 40 or so years I've been broadcasting sports for a living. …more (Marin IJ)
- Some thoughts about Umami and the latest thing in hamburgers
- During training camp in my illustrious days as a member of the U.S. military (I believe when they designed the G.I. Joe action figure they were thinking of me), I had the sniffles and missed a full day of boot camp. And, darned if that wasn't the day they taught us all how to throw a hand grenade.…more (Marin IJ)
- First class offers little of either
- I am livin' large, baby. I write this while zipping across the country from New York City at about 600 miles an hour and I'm doin' it in first class.…more (Marin IJ)
- Life's ups and downs for just $1,500
- So, how was your week? Mine? I'm glad you asked.…more (Marin IJ)
- It's beautiful, state-of-the-art and soulless
- Your San Francisco 49ers will play their second home game of the regular season this Sunday afternoon in their new digs — Levi Stadium — a state-of-the-art edifice that marries the megalopolis that is the NFL to the megalopolis that is Silicon Valley. It's overwhelming in its technology, in its cutting-edge museum, in its luxury suites, private clubs, fine dining and locker room facilities fit for a pasha.…more (Marin IJ)
- It's a living but it's going to cost you
- My wife and I have decided that it is time to take control of our own future and do something drastic. Spend less money. …more (Marin IJ)
- Fantasy Football's the best fantasy
- I am not one to dive headlong into anything that I would refer to as a trend. I always prided myself — in everything except investing my own money — as being ahead of the curve. Of getting in on the ground floor and then getting off before it was discovered by a Walmart greeter in Omaha. …more (Marin IJ)