All sports fans have a favorite or favorites when it comes to sportscasters. It’s usually a guy or gal who broadcasts their favorite team.
For me, it’s difficult to whittle it down to just one. Being a Philly fan I grew up listening to legendary baseball broadcaster and Hall of Famer Harry Kalas broadcast the Phillies games along with Hall of Famer and former Phillie Richie Ashburn. Harry is the first name that comes to mind, but there are a few others that I adore. I also like the current 76ers broadcast team of Kate Scott and Alaa Abdelnaby. Kate was an immediate improvement when she was paired with Alaa last year after Marc Zumoff retired. When it comes to Flyers hockey, I loved, loved, loved hearing Gene Hart call the play-by-play and am also a big fan of Jim Jackson. Let’s round out my Philly love with the Eagles voices, play-by-play announcer Merrill Reese with commentator and former Eagle Mike Quick. Merrill actually announced my niece Morgan and her new husband John when they were introduced at their wedding earlier this year which was both unexpected and unbelievable.
When it comes to national sportscasters I give the nod to Joe Buck, Pam Oliver, Jon Miller, Al Michaels, Doris Burke, and Jim Nantz.
According to a new study by Shane Co. Nantz also happens to be the most popular sportscaster in the country. Their team identified 34 of the most popular commentators and utilized Google Trends and also determined a clear winner in each state.
So who is the most popular sportscaster in the Garden State?
ESPN broadcaster Steve Levy was the top choice in New Jersey. According to the study, Steve was also most popular in four other states including his home state of New York.
The popular ESPN Manningcast last fall rolled over into Peyton Manning and Eli Manning entering this prestigious group. No surprise with their specific states, either, with Peyton spending most of his NFL career in Indiana and Eli playing college football in Mississippi.
You can view the full study here, including a look at each state’s top choice.