Adam Amin
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Amin in 2019
Born (1986-12-19) December 19, 1986 (age 35)
Alma materValparaiso University
Sports commentary career
Genre(s)Play-by-play
SportsAmerican football
Baseball
Basketball
EmployerSomerset Patriots (2010–11)
ESPN (2011–2020)
Fox Sports (2020–present)
NBC Sports Chicago (2018–present)

Adam Amin (born December 19, 1986) is an American sportscaster. Amin joined Fox Sports in June 2020 as a play-by-play announcer for MLB and NFL games after previously working for ESPN from 2011-2020. He is also the television play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA.

Early life

Amin's father, Mohammed, emigrated to the United States from Karachi, Pakistan in 1978. He settled in Chicago and worked in a factory. His wife, Zubeda, and three sons, Ismail, Abdullah, and Mustafa, remained in Pakistan, until Mohammed made enough money to send for them in 1985. Adam was born the next year in Chicago.[1][2] Amin graduated from Addison Trail High School in suburban Addison, Illinois in 2005.[3] He graduated from Valparaiso University in 2009.[4]

Career

While at Valparaiso University, Amin began broadcasting on WVUR-FM, the student-run college radio station, and called Minor League Baseball games for the Gary SouthShore RailCats and Joliet JackHammers.[2][5]

Between 2007 and 2011, Amin worked as a sportscaster for the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network, Fox Sports Wisconsin, the Horizon League Network, the Illinois High School Association, and served as Sports Director of KUOO in Spirit Lake, Iowa.[6] In 2010 and 2011, he called games for the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball[2][7] on WCTC.[5]

ESPN hired Amin in 2011 to call college football and college basketball.[4][8] He has also called professional football, basketball, and baseball as well as collegiate softball, tennis, volleyball, baseball and amateur wrestling.[9]

In 2012, Amin expanded his football broadcasts by signing a contract with Sports USA Radio Network to call NFL and college games. He remained with them until he signed his new ESPN contract, when he was named the new lead announcer for the NFL on ESPN Radio.

He signed a new contract with ESPN in 2017.[6] In 2018, he called the Final Four of the 2018 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament,[1] the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, preseason games for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League,[1][9] and began fill-in work for the Chicago Bulls.[10]

Amin left ESPN for Fox Sports in May 2020.[11] He made his Fox debut on July 25, calling the Brewers-Cubs game, alongside Eric Karros.

It was announced on June 1, 2020, that Amin would become the TV play-by-play broadcaster for the Bulls on NBC Sports Chicago, starting with the 2020–2021 season.[12][13]

On August 31, 2020, Fox announced that Amin would be a play-by-play broadcaster for the 2020 NFL season, partnering with former Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion Mark Schlereth and Lindsay Czarniak. This would be the first time that Amin would call regular season NFL games on TV. Amin's first game was at Mercedes-Benz Stadium when the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Atlanta Falcons 38-25.[14] Amin made his Fox MLB playoff debut in October of 2020, calling the National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins, alongside A.J. Pierzynski and Adam Wainwright.[15] The National Sports Media Association named Amin the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year for 2021.[16][17]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Less than a month after losing his father, ESPN's Adam Amin makes Women's Final Four debut – The Athletic". Theathletic.com. March 29, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Collected Wisdom: ESPN broadcaster Adam Amin on his favorite call, his tough road to the top, and the origins of his name". Newsok.com. May 13, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Dollars and sense: You are looking live at Adam Amin, a broadcasting star on the rise – The Athletic". Theathletic.com. July 20, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Oren, Paul (July 21, 2011). "Former Valparaiso University student will call college football games this season for the Worldwide Leader in Sports | Valparaiso University Athletics". nwitimes.com. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Dunleavy, Ryan (March 28, 2010). "Adam Amin named Patriots' broadcaster – Somerset Patriots Pulse". Blogs.mycentraljersey.com. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Volner, Derek (May 5, 2017). "Versatile Play-By-Play Commentator Adam Amin Lands New Deal with ESPN - ESPN MediaZone U.S". Espnmediazone.com. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  7. ^ 7:01 p.m. ET June 13, 2016 (June 13, 2016). "Somerset Patriots' former voice now heard nationwide". Mycentraljersey.com. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Dunleavy, Ryan (July 23, 2011). "Adam Amin hired by ESPN, will finish season with Patriots – Somerset Patriots Pulse". Blogs.mycentraljersey.com. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Jeff Agrest (July 19, 2018). "Sports media: Adam Amin gives new-look Bears a new voice for preseason games". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Bulls announce substitute broadcasters for first five Neil Funk-less games". NBC Sports Chicago. October 19, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  11. ^ Marchand, Andrew (May 8, 2020). "Adam Amin, rising ESPN star, bolts for Fox Sports". New York Post. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  12. ^ Johnson, K. C. "Adam Amin to succeed Neil Funk as Bulls' television play-by-play announcer". NBC Sports. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  13. ^ "Bulls name Adam Amin new TV play-by-play announcer". nba.com. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  14. ^ "FOX Sports Unveils 2020 NFL Game Broadcaster Lineup Headlined by Elite Veterans and Talented New Voices". FOX Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  15. ^ "FOX Sports Unveils 2020 MLB Postseason Lineup". Fox Sports PressPass. October 5, 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  16. ^ "Illinois". National Sports Media Association. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  17. ^ Nonnie, Jonnie (June 28, 2022). "Bulls' Adam Amin Named Illinois Sportscaster of the Year". On Tap Sports Net. Retrieved July 2, 2022.