Kevin Calabro is not just a sports broadcaster. He is also a fan.
And for a guy who has spent much of his adult life in the Pacific Northwest, he can’t wait for the launch of the Pac-12 Networks.
Calabro was hired last week as one of the play-by-play voices for the upcoming football season. He’s excited to be doing the games, but just as thrilled that what the networks will provide.
“As a fan living in Seattle, there were a number of times last year that frankly I couldn’t see the (Washington) Huskies and (Washington State) Cougars play,” Calabro said. “I think I speak for all Pac-12 fans that I can’t wait to see my team play every Saturday. And not just football, but for basketball and a number of Olympic sports as well — it’s certaily unique to sports fans on the West Coast.”
Calabro is well-known for his work as an NBA announcer — he was the voice of the Seattle SuperSonics for 21 seasons before the franchise moved to Oklahoma City. He also has done numerous games on a national level on both radio and television. But Calabro also has extensive college experience. He logged stints as the football and basketball voice for both Purdue and Missouri and has done several Washington football and basketball games for TV in recent years.
“Rather than complain, they’re doing something about it,”Calabro said about the networks and the conference’s response to underexposure nationally. “It’s a real innovative approach. Obviously, the revenue they will realize will be second to none, but they’ve also created a vehicle to promote themselves. It’s an extremely bright idea.”
Calabro will be teamed with former Arizona State standout safety Adam Archuleta in the booth with former USC assistant coach Yogi Roth on the sideline.