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
- Daddying's a tough job but someone has to do it
- Yippee skipee, it's Father's Day. …more (Marin IJ)
- Never in the running for the Dipsea race
- I debated running the Dipsea race today — for about a minute and a half. Having been a runner of sorts for the past 40 or so years, it always seemed like a challenge I'd like to give myself. But, alas, there are a couple of things that have always stood in my way. …more (Marin IJ)
- Fliers, you can complain but it will cost you
- I keep waiting but nobody has come up with an idea yet. When will someone finally figure out a more efficient and faster way to get from point to point than an airplane? …more (Marin IJ)
- Biology teachers know a thing or two
- I wish I understood what's going on in the world. If I'd only paid attention to my high school biology teacher Mrs. Wagstaff, I might be able to see why my friends in Houston were building an ark this week, acquaintances in Denver were rowing to work, icebergs are melting at such an alarming rate that polar bears are buying vacation homes in Florida, and we can't flush our toilets for a month because one flush would wipe out the entire Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.…more (Marin IJ)
- On Mother's Day, Mom holds the cards
- Have you noticed that it was hard to find a good old-fashioned insulting Mother's Day card on the shelves this year? Everything seemed to have glorious scriptwriting evoking wonderful memories and the gentility of the little woman who bore the burden of your prodigal upbringing. Smarmy poems that can be swathed in honey for an additional heart-tugging effect, Sappy yarns like this one — straight from the Hallmark plant in Kansas City:…more (Marin IJ)
- Detoxing after an overdose of lagniappe
- Many years ago I remember reading a story about the original Kobe beef and how until that one unfortunate day when cow becomes steak, they are treated like bovine royalty — although I don't ever recall reading about any sort of reigning monarch with an udder.…more (Marin IJ)
- No-fuss birthday a sure bet
- I have always been a person who does not like to be told when to have fun. It's for that reason I hate New Years' Eve, I'm deadly serious on April Fools Day and when I was 10 years old, I'd dress up as a 10-year-old boy for Halloween.…more (Marin IJ)
- 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)