Sean McDonough is one of the most versatile announcers for ESPN having called baseball, college basketball, college football and golf. He’s also a member of the vast Syracuse network of alums that has permeated the sports media. His versatility is one of the reasons why ESPN has signed McDonough to a contract extension.
McDonough is in the midst of his second tour with ESPN, having worked with the Worldwide Leader from 1989-1995 and again from 2000 through today. His duties will continue to place him on college basketball, college football and MLB.
His most recent assignment was calling the NCAA Men’s Final Four and National Championship Game for ESPN International and his call of the Villanova buzzer beater shows why McDonough can rise to the occasion at a big moment.
We have quotes from McDonough and from an ESPN senior executive:
“I’m very excited to stay with ESPN at this point in my life,” said McDonough, 53. “The things most important to me are the people in my life and the relationships you have. Yes, ESPN is a great place to work, but it’s also home to some of my closest friends.”
“Sean McDonough has been a signature voice on ESPN and one of the premier play-by-play voices in the industry,” said ESPN Senior Vice President, Production and Remote Events, Mark Gross. “His versatility and range – from college football and basketball to baseball, lacrosse and golf – make him recognizable and beloved by sports fans.”
McDonough is an announcer who doesn’t call attention to himself and allows his partners to shine. His play-by-play style is such that he allows the action to come to him and it’s one of the reasons why he’s one of the premier announcers in sports television.