About Barry Tompkins biography
Barry Tompkins is a 47-year network television veteran. He is a play-by-play broadcaster, a four-time Emmy Award winner, and in 2006 was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame for his work as a boxing commentator.
Barry was born and raised in San Francisco and began his career in local television at KPIX TV in 1968. Since then he has spent five years at NBC, ten years at HBO, eight years at ESPN, fifteen years at Fox Sports and currently does the ShoBox and Championship Boxing series' for Showtime while continuing to do a full schedule of college football and basketball.
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 200 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 Stanley Cup, and the Soccer World Cup.
Barry spent 35 years associated nationally with Pac 12 Conference football and basketball, and currently does Mountain West Conference football and Mountain West and WCC basketball for Time Warner Cable, Root Sports and Comcast Sports. He is also a weekly contributor on CSN Bay Area's Yahoo Sports Talk Live, a nightly one-hour sports conversation show.
In addition to his broadcasting work, Barry writes a humor column for the Marin Independent Journal and is a contributing columnist for Comcast Sports Net Bay Area. He also teaches Storytelling for Television at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA.
Marin Independent Journal columns
- State's education officials deserve an F
- I hate bureaucracies. It probably speaks to why I was such a horrible failure as an American military fighting man and why I was a solid C student. It was because of a life-long trait of refusing to accept "Just because" as the sole reason for a rule or an edict. Over the course of my life I've probably spent — conservatively — 10 years beating my head against a wall by asking the unanswerable question, "Why?" …more (Marin IJ)
- A moron in whatever language is spoken
- I've always prided myself in being able to assimilate. Travel has forever been a passion and I've been fortunate enough to see the better part of this orb we live on and be immersed in many cultures that seem at the time to be far more interesting than our own.…more (Marin IJ)
- looking good, France
- Last week I spoke of pate de foie gras, truffles, soufflés and everything French and fattening. I never before thought that the ever fashionable idea of a full body cleansing where one is required to drink substances the color of pond scum for a period of six weeks or so would seem like an appealing alternative. And yet, as I balance my hands delicately on my ever-expanding girth, I'm starting to find the thought of guzzling a lukewarm glass of pureed seaweed almost as appealing as yet another plate of magret de canard avec sauce cerise.…more (Marin IJ)
- If it moves, it's good enough to eat in France
- I write this to you from somewhere in the southwest of France, where the truffle is king, foie gras seems to be in everything up to and including spackle, pigs are out of work and the geese are downright angry.…more (Marin IJ)
- They don't make stars like they used to
- I've often thought of this phenomenon that we live with these days of being famous for being famous. The Kardashians have turned it into an art form. Paris Hilton probably set the framework for it, and now it has reached epidemic proportion.…more (Marin IJ)
- Bye-bye species, it's been nice knowing you
- Here I go again writing about Armageddon. That strikes me as good news. It means we're all still here. …more (Marin IJ)
- Daddying's a tough job but someone has to do it
- Yippee skipee, it's Father's Day. …more (Marin IJ)
- Never in the running for the Dipsea race
- I debated running the Dipsea race today — for about a minute and a half. Having been a runner of sorts for the past 40 or so years, it always seemed like a challenge I'd like to give myself. But, alas, there are a couple of things that have always stood in my way. …more (Marin IJ)