Jim Simpson (sportscaster)

Jim Simpson (sportscaster)

Jim Simpson
Simpson in 1969
Born (1927-12-20) December 20, 1927
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation sportscaster
Years active 1960s–1990s?
Awards Sports Lifetime Achievement Award (1997)
NSSA Hall of Fame (2000)

Jim Simpson (born December 20, 1927) is a retired American sportscaster, known for his smooth delivery as a play-by-play man and his versatility in covering many different sports. In 1997, he won the Sports Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2000 he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.


  • Career 1
  • ESPN 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


A native of the Super Bowl I for NBC Radio. He also called several World Series for NBC Radio, as well as numerous Orange Bowl games and the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final (via tape delay) for NBC television.

In 1979, the fledgling ESPN cable sports network brought Simpson on board to provide some needed credibility with sports fans. Simpson broadcast the first NCAA basketball game the network televised, with flamboyant Dick Vitale as the color man. Vitale credits Simpson with helping him develop as a sportscaster. Simpson also called USFL and College World Series games for ESPN, and in 1988 called the Baltimore Orioles' local telecasts on WMAR-TV.

After his sportscasting days Simpson retired to St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Among other firsts he was the initial U.S. sportscaster to appear live via satellite from Asia, and he was involved in the first American sportscast using instant replay technology. In 2005, ESPN brought Simpson back from retirement to do play-by-play for a series of college basketball games in a "turn back the clock" format on the ESPN Classic network.


After week 2 of the 1979 NFL season, Simpson moved from NBC Sports to ESPN where he called games for college football, college basketball, college baseball, the USFL, and the NBA.

See also


  • Voices of the Game by Curt Smith (Diamond Communications, Inc. 1987) ISBN 0-912083-21-2
  • Bud Wilkinson: An Intimate Portrait of an American Legend by Jay Wilkinson and Gretchen Hirsch (Sagamore Publishing 1994) ISBN 1-57167-001-7
  • Living a Dream by Dick Vitale (Sports Publishing 2003) ISBN 1-58261-738-4

External links

  • NSSA Hall of Fame photograph and brief biography
  • News story on Simpson's NSSA Hall of Fame induction
  • Simpson saw start of Super Bowl, ESPN