About Barry Tompkins biography
Barry Tompkins is a 47-year network television veteran. He is a play-by-play broadcaster, a four-time Emmy Award winner, and in 2006 was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame for his work as a boxing commentator.
Barry was born and raised in San Francisco and began his career in local television at KPIX TV in 1968. Since then he has spent five years at NBC, ten years at HBO, eight years at ESPN, fifteen years at Fox Sports and currently does the ShoBox and Championship Boxing series' for Showtime while continuing to do a full schedule of college football and basketball.
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 200 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 Stanley Cup, and the Soccer World Cup.
Barry spent 35 years associated nationally with Pac 12 Conference football and basketball, and currently does Mountain West Conference football and Mountain West and WCC basketball for Time Warner Cable, Root Sports and Comcast Sports. He is also a weekly contributor on CSN Bay Area's Yahoo Sports Talk Live, a nightly one-hour sports conversation show.
In addition to his broadcasting work, Barry writes a humor column for the Marin Independent Journal and is a contributing columnist for Comcast Sports Net Bay Area. He also teaches Storytelling for Television at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA.
Marin Independent Journal columns
- It was a lot more fun before it became super
- I harken back to that old movie about this time every year when the two best teams in football play a game that has become almost incidental to the ...…more (Marin IJ)
- Foggy, with a chance of death
- I was fascinated to read this week that suddenly fog — that stuff that blows through the Golden Gate and over the hills and is as synonymous with San Francisco as wind is with Chicago — is bad for me.…more (Marin IJ)
- A band of happy misfits
- I found myself looking around a table on Christmas with enough food on it to adequately feed let's say New Guinea, and I realized that I'm just about all grown up now. …more (Marin IJ)
- Posturing, peddling and posing at Opryland
- I spent a good part of this week in Nashville, Tennessee, a city that seems to be in the throes of shedding its skin as a town with a passion for music, and evolving into a gentrified vibrant city that's desperately trying to keep its roots while morphing into another American megalopolis. …more (Marin IJ)
- Bacon — eat it or wear it
- I'm sitting here still urping up the last globules of gravy from the gorgefest that is Thanksgiving in my little family. All the while trying to figure out what I can bring to the table (so to speak) to you, my loyal readers, on this long Thanksgiving weekend.…more (Marin IJ)
- Their fate is sealed, long snood or not
- I've always been a sucker for a good animal story. It gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling every time I see a video of the family dog welcoming back a returning soldier or a cheetah and a golden retriever who became best friends (just before that pesky hunger pang kicked in). So I can't help but every year at this time looking down at my Thanksgiving repast and thinking, "If it wasn't for those damn Pilgrims, this turkey I'm ingesting might just be gobbling happily away with its giblets still in their rightful place."…more (Marin IJ)
- Christmas is coming ... too soon
- Is it just me, or are we really beginning to get inundated by Christmas come-ons?…more (Marin IJ)
- Lamar Odom, from flatline to plotline?
- I find myself this week feeling really sorry for Lamar Odom. He's fighting for his life in Southern California and while he does an almost comedic soap opera is swirling all around him. But why am I surprised? The Kardashians are involved.…more (Marin IJ)