1 Updates
NCAA: Bill Raftery Leaves ESPN for Fox Sports
Photo Credit: Getty Images

NCAA: Bill Raftery Leaves ESPN for Fox Sports

Jun 27 2013, 10:35pm CDT | by

Long-time college basketball commentator Bill Raftery leaves ESPN for Fox Sports.

After 31 years, popular college basketball commentator Bill Raftery is no longer with ESPN.  The Associated Press reports Raftery will call games for the reshaped Big East Conference for the new...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

NCAA: Bill Raftery Leaves ESPN for Fox Sports

Jun 27 2013, 10:35pm CDT | by

Long-time college basketball commentator Bill Raftery leaves ESPN for Fox Sports.

After 31 years, popular college basketball commentator Bill Raftery is no longer with ESPN. 

The Associated Press reports Raftery will call games for the reshaped Big East Conference for the new cable network Fox Sports 1. Raftery had worked for ESPN since 1982. He will continue to also call games for CBS. 

Raftery, who coached Seton Hall from 1970-81, will team with play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson for the Big East games on FS1, which debuts on August 17. They previously worked together for CBS.  

ESPN released a statement upon Raftery's departure.

"We completely understand his interest in remaining associated with the core group of schools that he's been part of for 30+ years. We wish him the absolute best in his next chapter and thank him for his incredible contributions to ESPN." 

CBS Sports' Matt Norlander notes Big East games have long been part of Raftery's repertoire. Aside from his tenure as Seton Hall head coach, he was the voice of "Big Monday" on ESPN for many years. 

Raftery says he leaves ESPN "with nothing but terrific memories and friendships."

He also expressed his excitement Big East Conference games for Fox Sports.

"I've been associated with the Big East Conference since it began, and I feel the same excitement and anticipation now as I did way back then as the conference is re-born with Fox Sports."

The revamped Big East is set to start offon July 1 following a split from the original conference that was founded in 1979. The member schools are Georgetown, St. John's, Villanova, Seton Hall, Providence, Marquette, DePaul, Butler, Creighton and Xavier.  

Former WNBA president Val Ackerman was named Big East commissioner on June 27. 

Raftery coached the Seton Hall Pirates for 11 years, posting a 154-141 (.522) record. 

 

Don't miss ...

 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Australian batsman Phil Hughes is dead
Sydney, Nov 27 (IANS) Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who was struck on the head by a cricket ball died in hospital, authorities said Thursday.
 
 
15 wins in a row great achievement: Ancelotti
Geneva, Nov 27 (IANS) Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has called Real Madrid's 15th straight victory "a great achievement" and said he expected Basel to advance in the Champions League.
 
 
Yasmany Tomas Agrees to 6-Year, $68.5M Deal With Arizona Diamondbacks
Yasmany Tomas Agrees to 6-Year, $68.5M Deal With Arizona Diamondbacks
Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas agreed to a six-year, $68.5 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Nov. 26. The contract would make him the highest-paid Cuban defector in MLB history.
 
 
FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters FC to move to third spot in ISL
Margao, Nov 26 (IANS) FC Goa romped to a 3-0 victory over Kerala Blasters FC in Match 41 of the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Wednesday.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Deals upon deals for Black Friday 2014
Nov. 28th, 2014 will be newest edition of the Black Friday Christmas shopping holiday. Every major retailer on the planet will have deals and discounts. As with every Christmas holiday, there are hot toys and gifts...
Read more on Black Friday Countdown
 
Ferguson trying to get back to normal
New York, Nov 27 (IANS/EFE) The town of Ferguson in the US state of Missouri is trying to get back to normal after two nights of disturbances and rioting following the decision by a grand jury not to indict a white...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Experimental Ebola vaccine safe, bolsters immunity
Washington, Nov 27 (IANS) An experimental vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease has been found to be well-tolerated and produced immune system responses in all 20 healthy adults who received it in a Phase 1 clinical...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Black Friday looks to be big at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops is known worldwide as being a leader in the retail sales of sporting goods, outdoor gear, fishing gear, and a whole lot more. Black Friday 2014 looks to be a big one for Bass Pro Shops as they have...
Read more on Black Friday Countdown
 
Australian batsman Phil Hughes is dead
Sydney, Nov 27 (IANS) Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who was struck on the head by a cricket ball died in hospital, authorities said Thursday. The incident took place when Hughes was playing in a Sheffield Shield...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Natural shield 11,000 km above Earth stops radiation
Washington, Nov 27 (IANS) In a pioneering feat, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of Colorado in Boulder have discovered an invisible shield some 11,000 kms above Earth that...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Germany introduces a female quota for senior corporate posts
Berlin, Nov 27 (IANS/EFE) German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Grand coalition has agreed to introduce a quota for women in senior corporate positions. Minister of Family Affairs Manuela Schwesig Wednesday said the law...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Japanese man sues women-only university for rejecting him
Tokyo, Nov 27 (IANS/EFE) A young Japanese man is suing an all-female public university for gender discrimination after being denied admission, according to a media reports. The man, aspiring to enroll in Fukuoka...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Brown case highlights alarming pattern: Rights panel
Miami, Nov 27 (IANS/EFE) The grand jury decision not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, spotlights "an alarming pattern of law enforcement...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
15 wins in a row great achievement: Ancelotti
Geneva, Nov 27 (IANS) Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has called Real Madrid's 15th straight victory "a great achievement" and said he expected Basel to advance in the Champions League. Real defeated Basel 1-0...
Read more on Sport Balla