Sports, sports, sports! Fans of the Golden States Warriors will definitely recognize his voice, but did you know he’s also done broadcasting for water polo at the Olympics, boxing, and more? Listen to this episode to get an inside look at the fascinating world of sports broadcasting.
In this episode:
- How competitive it is to be a sports broadcaster
- Alabama football
- Stephen Curry
- Notre Dame
- His thoughts on Brian Kelly leaving to go to LSU
- Shifting from accounting to sports
- What makes hockey players different
- The really competitive thing Michael Jordan did
- Calling water polo in the Olympics
- Something he hasn’t had the opportunity to call but would love to
- Concussions in the NFL and what could change
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“I really spent a lot of days thinking just how fortunate I have been and how lucky I’ve been.” ~Bob Fitzgerald
“It’s okay to be emotional. It’s okay to have fun.” ~Bob Fitzgerald
“Short to be kicking people in the shins; I think you want to have fun at what you do.” ~Bob Fitzgerald
“I’m a Notre Dame graduate. See, there’s a difference. You have fans, and then you have graduates.” ~Bob Fitzgerald
“For me, Alabama is one of the most iconic programs of all time. And Nick Saban is the greatest coach in the history of the sport. They’ve been on a run, 15 years or so, that really has been unequal.” ~Bob Fitzgerald
“If you love doing it and you’re still skilled at doing it, and it’s a part of what you look forward to, you should do it as long as you’d like to.” ~Bob Fitzgerald
“I could live with an adjustment in the sport if it means less brain damage for people who play it [American football].” ~Bob Fitzgerald
“You need good fortune to smile on you for your team to achieve their best potential. There are no championship teams that sailed through without good fortune, and there are no championship teams that have their five best players injured.” ~Bob Fitzgerald
“I love Steph [Stephen Curry] more than his mom and dad love Steph.” ~Bob Fitzgerald
About American sports commentator Bob Fitzgerald:
One of the most recognizable sports personalities in the Bay Area, Bob Fitzgerald has served as television play-by-play announcer for the Warriors on NBC Sports Bay Area since 1997. He called his first Warrior game on radio, Feb 18, 1993, as the backup radio play-by-play broadcaster and host of the Warriors Roundtable television programs. Since his arrival, the Warriors broadcast team has received 16 nominations and won three Emmy Awards for “Best Live Sports Broadcast,” most recently for NBC Sports Bay Area’s broadcast of the Warriors vs. Kings game during the 2014-15 season that featured Klay Thompson’s NBA-record 37 points in a single quarter. Fitzgerald has received six Emmy nominations for “Best On-Camera” and was awarded the Emmy for “Best On-Camera, Play-by-Play Sports” for Northern California in 2007 and 2014.
On a national basis, Fitzgerald currently calls NFL and college football games for Sports USA Radio and the San Francisco 49ers preseason broadcasts. He has 25 years of experience broadcasting the Olympic games for NBC Sports, and has called the 2021 Tokyo Olympics (Men’s and Women’s Basketball). Additional credits include NBC’s 2012 London Summer Olympics (Men’s and Women’s Basketball), 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics (Men’s and Women’s Water Polo), 2004 Athens Summer Olympics (Men’s and Women’s Basketball), and the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics (Men’s and Women’s Swimming). Fitzgerald was also chosen to call the NBA Playoffs in 2020 for TNT at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Fitzgerald has also handled network television NFL broadcasts for NBC and the NBA G League Finals series for Versus in 2010.
In 2019, Fitzgerald finished a 28-year run at KNBR radio in San Francisco, hosting the popular Fitz and Brooks show for 15 years. Fitzgerald was the television and radio voice for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League for twenty years and spent six years as the play-by-play voice for ESPN’s NBA Basketball video game series. He also wrote a column for the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers for seven years.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Fitzgerald also received his master’s degree in sports management from the Ohio State University. While at Notre Dame, he worked as a play-by-play broadcaster for Fighting Irish football and basketball on campus radio station WVFI.
An avid golfer, Fitzgerald lives on the Peninsula with his children, Erin, Ryan, and Quinn.