Joe Tessitore is a play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s college football and basketball games, blow-by-blow commentator for ESPN Friday Night Fights and the host of the SEC Network’s traveling Saturday pre-game show, SEC Nation, debuting in August 2014.
Through the years, Tessitore has established himself as a fixture in college sports. Football fans know him through his distinctive play-by-play work on ESPN’s Saturday Night primetime college football game alongside veteran analyst Matt Millen, as well as his work in the BCS Orange Bowl and the BCS National Championship games.
In addition, Tessitore is the long-time face of ESPN’s Heismanology and became the primary studio host for ESPN’s daily College Football Live in 2012.
In December 2013 Tessitore was announced as the first face, and host, of the SEC Network’s SEC Nation. He will travel to every SEC campus in the first year and give fans a sampling of game day culture and traditions. His deep-dive into SEC fandom has been years in the making. In 2011, Tessitore executive produced the ESPN Film Roll Tide, War Eagle and in 2012 he was the consulting producer on ESPN’s 30 for 30 film featuring Bo Jackson.
Few ESPN broadcasters have more varied scheduled assignments than Joe Tessitore. As the longstanding blow-by-blow commentator for ESPN Friday Night Fights, Tessitore plays a major role in one of ESPN2’s most successful series.
In addition to his regular duties of football, and boxing, Tessitore has covered other sports for ESPN. Prior to 2011, he spent many years anchoring ABC/ESPN horse racing presentations including The Belmont Stakes and The Breeders’ Cup World Championships. During the 2012-13 seasons, he began doing play-by-play work for ESPN’s College Basketball coverage. For five years he was the host of ESPN’s live New Year’s Eve specials including Red Bull New Year, No Limits and the debut of ESPN’s Year of the Quarterback. Tessitore is also a featured contributor for ESPN.com.
In 2010, Tessitore was honored three times for his on air work. He accepted an Eclipse Award for ESPN’s 2009 Belmont Stakes telecast on ABC and 2010 Breeders’ Cup. On June 4, the Boxing Writers of America presented Tessitore with the prestigious Sam Taub award for Broadcast Excellence. And on October 30, the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame included Tessitore in their 2010 class of inductees.
Since 2004, Tessitore has been the voice for the top selling “Fight Night” video game series produced by EA Sports. He is part of Ring Magazine’s rankings panel, as well as being a voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Tessitore joined ESPN in February 2002. The previous eight years, Tessitore made his mark as the sports anchor at WFSB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Hartford. In his spare time, Tessitore has given tireless and generous fundraising efforts to the Cystic Fibrosis foundation. He is a 1993 graduate of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He began his career in 1991 at KXAS, the NBC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth and in 1994 joined WRGB, the CBS affiliate in Albany NY.
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