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James Brown (born February 25, 1951), commonly called "J.B.", is an Americanmarker sports announcer known for being the host of the FOX network's NFL pregame show Fox NFL Sunday. Beginning with the 2006 NFL season, Brown hosted The NFL Today on CBS, and returned to play-by-play of CBS coverage of NCAA basketball, along with co-hosting the Saturday Early Show.


Early life

Born on February 25, 1951 in Washington DC to John and Maryann Brown. Brown graduated from Harvardmarker with a degree in American Government. A standout on the basketball court, he received All-Ivy League honors in his last three seasons at Harvard University and captained the team in his senior year.

First stint at CBS

After failing to make a roster spot when he tried out for the Atlanta Hawks in the mid 1970s, Brown entered the corporate world, working for such companies as Xerox and Eastman Kodak. Brown went into sports broadcasting in 1984 when he was offered a job doing Washington Bullets TV games. He later moved on to an anchor position at WDVM-TVmarker (later WUSA-TVmarker) in Washington, D.C.marker and to some work at CBS. While at CBS Sports, Brown worked as a play-by-play announcer for NFL telecasts and reported on major events such as the NBA Finals and the Winter Olympic Games. He has also reported on college basketball games.

The move to FOX

In 1994, Brown moved on to his biggest claim to fame yet as he accepted the position of host of the NFL on Fox pregame show. He shared the set with former football players Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long. Jimmy Johnson, Cris Collinsworth and Ronnie Lott have graced the fourth seat on the desk over the years.

From 1994-1998, Brown was the lead studio host for FOX NHL Saturday. He appeared in a similar capacity in the EA Sports video game NHL '97, which used full motion video.

Following the 2005 NFL season, Brown left Fox in order to rejoin CBS Sports.

Brown was removed from college basketball coverage for CBS after a one year stint in 2007.

Other appearances

Brown has also hosted The World's Funniest! (the Fox network's counterpart of America's Funniest Home Videos), Coast to Coast (a syndicated radio show formerly hosted by Bob Costas), and served as a correspondent for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Brown appeared on an episode of "Married...with Children" in a November 24, 1996 episode titled "A Bundy Thanksgiving".

Aside from his HBO and CBS duties, Brown hosted a weekday radio sports talk show that aired weekdays on Sporting News Radio for several years. Brown left the network in April 2006. He has since, returned to Sporting News Radio with Arnie Spanier.

Brown regularly appeared on the syndicated radio program, The Don and Mike Show.

On Aug. 10, 2009, Brown interviewed NFL quarterback Michael Vick for a segment that aired on 60 Minutes Aug. 16.

Career timeline


Brown resides outside of Washington, D.C.marker in Bethesda, MDmarker, his town of birth, with his wife Dorothy and daughter Katrina. He formerly had a second residence in Century City, Californiamarker, when working on FOX as their NFL program was based in Los Angeles. He was also named one of the 100 most influential student athletes by the NCAA. On January 12, 2008, James Brown became a grandfather when his daughter had her first child.

On May 3, , Brown became a minority owner of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team. Brown was one of a handful of investors in the group led by Washington, D.C.marker real estate developer Ted Lerner.


  1. Brown first joined CBS Sports in 1984 where he served as play-by-play announcer for the network's NFL and college basketball coverage, as well as reporter for the NBA Finals. He also was host of the afternoon show from the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France and the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. While at CBS he also was co-host of "CBS Sports Saturday/Sunday," a weekend anthology series.
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