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
- 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)
- Since when does a pumpkin outweigh a car?
- I have to admit that I miss the days of sitting across the table from my son as he watched his oh-so-creative dad carve the Halloween pumpkin. Three triangles and a row of jagged teeth that would sit outside the front door on Halloween week and ward off any evil spirit — or UPS driver — who dared so much as approach.…more (Marin IJ)
- Michael McCourt, last of a breed
- "Hey, Larry Thompson."…more (Marin IJ)
- In fantasy football, inning is more fantasy than reality
- We are all sports vagabonds, this widespread band of aging children with whom I figuratively spend every fall and winter. It's hard to believe that it's now been 30 years since 12 colleagues first gathered around a conference table at the HBO studios in New York and decided we were more knowledgeable about football than anyone short of Bill Walsh or Vince Lombardi. …more (Marin IJ)
- The more bikes, the more yikes
- I couldn't ride a bike as a kid. …more (Marin IJ)
- Going to the doctor is hard to stomach
- So, how was your week? Mine? Well, I spent a good portion of it being closer to the porcelain portion of my house than to the woman I love. I ingested so many over-the-counter products that were either pink or green that my stomach could be used as a color chart for Sherwin-Williams. …more (Marin IJ)