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
- Out of My Mind: This dad thing has worked out pretty well
- I've been sitting here thinking about what sort of yarn I might want to impart for this Father's Day.…more (Marin IJ)
- Our toe-pecking poultry problem
- Run! Run for your lives! Well OK, run for your toes. …more (Marin IJ)
- I'm still a devout foodie
- I'M QUITE SURE I have mentioned on several occasions that I am a devout foodie. The pervading thought I generally have over my morning coffee is, "What are we going to do for dinner?" Even though I make my living in television sports, I bare my soul to you — I watch the Food Channel far more than I watch ESPN. …more (Marin IJ)
- What history will tell us about the Miwoks and the Teslans
- I FIND MYSELF absolutely fascinated by the story in this week's IJ about the discovery of some remains and artifacts that archaeologists say could be almost 4,500 years old. The relics were found by workers excavating for the new multimillion-dollar homes being built on the site of the old Niven Nursery in Larkspur. …more (Marin IJ)
- Football players only think they're bulletproof
- I USUALLY DEDICATE this space to life's trivialities. Those things that — when observed closely — just seem kind of silly and thus worth mentioning if only for the sole purpose of a Sunday chuckle.…more (Marin IJ)
- An admirable sense of adventure can take you far
- MANY YEARS AGO when I was young, foolish and bulletproof I did a series for NBC that I called, simply, "Doing It." It was an opportunity to do all the things that I used to lie awake at night dreaming about when I was a kid growing up in the outer reaches of San Francisco's Richmond District. Fancying myself as kind of an urban Errol Flynn — swashbuckling my skinny little heart out and hoping to save the occasional damsel from distress. …more (Marin IJ)
- Sometimes it takes a mandate to be happy
- I HAVE ALWAYS made it a habit to try and be as dour as possible at times like New Year's Eve, Halloween and St. Patrick's Day. There's just something about being told that it is imperative I have fun lest I lose my membership in the Richard Simmons Fan Club that I instantly rebel against.…more (Marin IJ)
- What would a mogul say about air travel?
- I WISH I WERE a mogul. Not only is it a great word, but I think it would be a pretty great job, too. I want to have a business card that says, "Barry Tompkins, Mogul." Had I of known, I'd have majored in Advanced Moguldom in college.…more (Marin IJ)
- Plausibly nuts about the Olympics in Sochi
- SO, TELL ME the truth. Are you glued to the goings-on in Sochi? Are you captivated by the "plausibly live" coverage in prime time each evening? Do you stealthily avoid any contact with the outside world during the day so that the results of the women's ski jump are a secret until just before "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"?…more (Marin IJ)