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
- Birthdays are OK, but please don't sing
- I was strolling on the grounds of an all-too-ritzy hotel in Cabo San Lucas last weekend when a friend introduced me to a full-time resident of the place who happened to be a Galapagos turtle. …more (Marin IJ)
- Golden State Warriors, winners even off the court
- I began weaving this yarn every week about 10 years ago mainly as a way of taking a step back from what I do for gainful employment out there in the real world — sports television. …more (Marin IJ)
- The art of the prank
- It was April Fools' Day on Friday and I must tell you that I've never been much on practical jokes. I always seem to be embarrassed for the victim — probably because it was generally me.…more (Marin IJ)
- He doesn't always retire, but when he does we'll miss him
- There is an old shaggy dog joke about a man who becomes obsessed with tasting the best cherry pie in the world. He had heard that such a thing was only available from a reclusive pie maker who lived in a tiny shack on a Himalayan mountaintop in Tibet.…more (Marin IJ)
- Houston, we have a problem — on Earth
- What did you want to be when you grew up? And how close did you come to that childhood goal?…more (Marin IJ)
- When a 'personal physician' is hardly personal
- My "personal physician" retired last month. I know that because I got a form letter from the Prima Medical Group telling me so. It's probably just me, but the word "personal" and the words "form letter" should not appear in the same paragraph.…more (Marin IJ)
- 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)