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
- Utilizing the power of branding
- I am asked on a fairly regular basis who my heroes are. I usually banter a few names such as Jackie Robinson, Arthur Ashe, Jim Henson and maybe Thomas Jefferson. …more (Marin IJ)
- Who's the boss anyway?
- I could never be a boss. It's just not in my DNA. I'm not very good at spitting out orders, I'm incapable of firing up the troops with rousing "Let's get out there and give 'em hell" pep talks, and most important, I could never give the ax to anyone. So, I'd be left with a group of aimless, malingering, incompetent hangers-on as employees. …more (Marin IJ)
- It's the end of the world as we know it, again
- The end of the world is imminent. …more (Marin IJ)
- Career change that fits to a tee
- I have been spending much of my time the last couple of years trying to figure out exactly what it is I want to do with my life when I grow up. It's been a rather exhausting task. What I've done for the past 40 or so years is talk into a microphone about kids' games, packed up my bags and went off to another town to talk about more kids playing more games. …more (Marin IJ)
- Spring break for the senior crowd
- When I was growing up, spring break generally meant an opportunity to get to the bottom of the pile of clothes that had been accumulating on the floor since the first day of school, getting a home-cooked meal, and unearthing the alarm clock that you were convinced had been eaten by an itinerant band of cockroaches looking for the two-week-old pizza left on the kitchen sink.…more (Marin IJ)
- Facing the Ides fearlessly
- I'm writing this one-week ahead of time because I want to make sure you are prepared. The Ides of March will be here next weekend.…more (Marin IJ)
- Just a sniff away from true love
- So there I am sitting at the dog park watching my dog Rosie — one-third border collie, one-third great Pyrenees and one-third area rug — interact with her friends. Rosie is single, never married and quite content with her lot in life. She gets fed, has a nice cozy bed, gets to sniff the fresh air a few times each day, has a bath once a month and doesn't have to flush when she does her business. Very much like the first quarter of my own life.…more (Marin IJ)
- Drought's better than freezing
- I know — we're in a drought. If it doesn't rain we'll all be paying water bills the size of the national debt. If we don't get wet weather soon we'll be flushing our toilets once a week and taking baths in a soup bowl. We'll be mixing our scotch whiskey with chicken broth. We won't be allowed to barbecue for fear an errant coal in Novato could ignite Muir Woods. Our lawns will be so scorched there'll be advertising campaigns stating, "Brown is the new green."…more (Marin IJ)