Joe Buck

Lead NFL, MLB & USGA Play-By-Play Announcer

OVERVIEW

Joe Buck has been FOX Sports’ lead play-by-play broadcaster for the NFL on FOX since 2002. He calls games alongside analyst Troy Aikman, rules analyst Mike Pereira and reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink on Thursday Night Football in addition to Americas Game of the Week. When calling FOX MLB, Buck, a seven-time Emmy Award winner, works alongside analyst and first-ballot Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz. In the 18th Tower for the USGA on FOX, Buck teams with 12-time PGA Tour winner Paul Azinger.

DECORATED PROFESSIONAL CAREER

FOX lead NFL play-by-play announcer and Emmy Award-winner Joe Buck along with Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman are the second longest broadcast tandem to call NFL games. The duo is second only to NFL broadcasting legends Pat Summerall and John Madden. The tandem called Thursday Night Football on FOX for the first time on the network along with reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink in 2018. As the lead voice for FOX NFL since 2002, Buck worked with analysts Aikman and Cris Collinsworth for three seasons (2002-04), and since 2005 has been partnered exclusively with Aikman.

Buck also serves as the lead announcer for FOX Sports’ USGA coverage, including for the prestigious U.S. Open Championship, a role he assumed in 2015 – FOX Sports’ inaugural year of USGA rights.

A seven-time Emmy Award winner, Buck bounded onto the national scene as a 25-year-old and has held lead FOX MLB play-by-play duties since 1996. In addition to calling marquee regular-season contests, he is also behind the mic for the All-Star Game and all of FOX’s MLB postseason matchups. Buck has called five Super Bowls, 21 (19 consecutive) World Series and 23 MLB League Championship Series for FOX Sports.

In working his 15th MLB All-Star Game with three-time Emmy Award-winning analyst Tim McCarver in July 2013, the duo totaled more All-Star Games than any other broadcast pair. Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek are second with seven. Buck called his 16th All-Star Game in 2014, placing him first on the all-time list of play-by-play announcers, surpassing Gowdy’s 14. In 2019, Buck will call his 21st MLB All-Star Game, sitting alongside Smoltz from Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH.

In addition to his lead play-by-play role, Buck served as host of FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s most-watched NFL pregame show, and THE OT, the nation’s most-watched NFL postgame show, in 2006. That season, FOX NFL SUNDAY traveled to the site of each week’s biggest game, allowing Buck to both host the pregame show and call each game. It marked the first time in sports television history that a broadcaster hosted an NFL pregame show while simultaneously handling play-by-play duties.

Joe is the son of late broadcasting legend Jack Buck, whose career spanned parts of six decades. Jack and Joe are the only father and son to each call the Super Bowl on network television. The younger Buck’s last Super Bowl assignment, in February 2017 during which the New England Patriots mounted the biggest comeback and Super Bowl history and forced the Super Bowl’s first ever overtime, is the most-viewed program in U.S. television history.

Buck’s impressive FOX MLB resume includes the 1996, 1998 and 2000-18 World Series; the 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003-05, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 American League Championship Series; the 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 National League Championship Series; the 1997, 1999, 2001-18 All-Star Games; and the Cubs-Cardinals game on Sept. 8, 1998, when Mark McGwire hit his historic 62nd home run and set what then was a new single-season home run record.

Buck joined FOX Sports in 1994, and along with analyst Tim Green, formed one of the NFL on FOX’s six original NFL broadcast teams. Just 25 years old in 1994, Buck was the youngest announcer to call a full slate of NFL games on network television. The two worked together for FOX’s first four NFL seasons. At age 27, he became the youngest play-by-play announcer to call the World Series

Buck was a local radio and television announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1991 to 2007. His broadcasting career began in 1989, while he was an undergraduate at Indiana University. That year he called play-by-play for the Louisville Redbirds of the American Association, a minor-league affiliate of the Cardinals, and was a reporter for ESPN’s coverage of the Triple-A All-Star Game. Buck also hosted a talk show for HBO Sports, “Joe Buck Live,” in 2009, and hosts “Undeniable with Joe Buck” on DirecTV’s Audience Network.

PERSONAL

Active in many national and local charities, he hosts The Joe Buck Classic golf tournament, which benefits St. Louis Children’s Hospital and helps fund its imaging center. Since it began in 2000, the annual event has raised more than $5 million. Buck also works closely with the Parkinson’s Foundation, Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club and City of Hope.