About Barry Tompkins biography
Barry was born and raised in San Francisco and began his career in local television there at KPIX-TV in 1968. Since then he has spent five years at NBC, ten years at HBO, eight years at ESPN, and the past fourteen years at Fox Sports.
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 100 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’s Stanley Cup, and the Soccer World Cup.
Barry is in his 30th year as the voice of Pac-10 Conference Football and Basketball for Fox Sports Net and continues to broadcast a wide variety of events on national television.
In addition to his broadcasting work, Barry writes a humor column for the Marin Independent Journal and is a contributing columnist for Comcast Sports News Bay Area.
Marin Independent Journal columns
- 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)
- Care for a few chemicals with your fries?
- Pop quiz! What's long and thin, yummy to eat, keeps your hair silky smooth and can be used to keep the water from leaking out of an aquarium? …more (Marin IJ)
- Nothing romantic about Valentine's Day
- I already have clammy hands. I know it's almost a week away but once again I find myself on the horns of a dilemma. And, if you've ever felt a dilemma's horns, you know how painful they can be. …more (Marin IJ)
- You can always bet on the Super Bowl
- Depending on when you're reading this, Super Bowl XLIX will be either about to happen, happening or history. If it's about to happen, read on — there's some pretty good stuff ahead that you might want to file in the "useless information" department of your mind. If it's happening, this could be a good diversion from the most overhyped event since Evel Knievel tried to span the Snake River Canyon in a toy rocket ship. And if it's history, then why isn't this paper in its proper place, catching canary droppings? …more (Marin IJ)
- Something's fishy about annual influx of herring
- So, how's your week been? Mine? Well I've been staring out my window watching every airborne and seaborne critter in Northern California turn my windows into something that resembles an afternoon cleanup at a paint gun concession. …more (Marin IJ)
- Free range doesn't mean you can live
- I'm writing this week for all of you chickens out there. I don't mean those of you who lean toward cowardice, I mean those of you who lay eggs, cluck and have wattles.…more (Marin IJ)
- Forget making resolutions; let's make demands
- There will be no resolutions this year. I am resolute in that thought.…more (Marin IJ)
- Have a very merry meshegas
- Stockings hung with care? Check. Tree trimmed? Check. Wish lists submitted? Check. Jack Frost nipping on nose? Check (and quite frankly it left a raw wound). Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Check (next year I've promised to get a fireplace). Reindeer on roof? Check (and it's bothering the hell out of our upstairs neighbors). Christmas shopping finished? Oops — should get to it by mid-February.…more (Marin IJ)