Spero Dedes

Spero Dedes
Born Spero Dedes
(1979-02-27) February 27, 1979
Paramus, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Sportscaster, play-by-play announcer
Years active 2001-present

Spero Dedes (born February 27, 1979 in Paramus, New Jersey) is an American sportscaster. He is employed by CBS Sports, calling the NFL, NBA and college basketball. He was the radio play-by-play voice for the Los Angeles Lakers from 2005 to 2011. In addition, he served as a radio/TV play-by-play announcer for the New York Knicks from 2011-2014.

He is a graduate of Paramus High School and a 2001 graduate of Fordham University in New York City.

Early Career: WFAN, AFL, YES Network, NBA TV

Dedes began his career at WFAN in New York.

In 2001 and 2002, Dedes was the radio announcer for the New Jersey Gladiators of the AFL.[1]

In 2002, Dedes was tapped as a fill-in announcer for New Jersey Nets games on the Yes Network.[2]

In 2003, Dedes was hired as a studio host and play-by-play man for NBA TV. He hosted Hardwood Classics and The Insiders.[3]

National Exposure: Olympics, Networks, Lakers, Super Bowl

At 24, Dedes worked the 2004 Summer Olympics for NBC Sports.[4]

In 2004, Dedes also served as a fill-in commentator of College Basketball on CBS.[5] Also in 2004, Dedes served as a fill-in commentator for the NFL on FOX.[4]

In 2005, Dedes filled in on the NFL on CBS.[6]

In 2005, Dedes got the biggest break of his career when he was hired as the radio announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers [4]

From 2006 until 2011, Dedes worked for NFL Network. His duties included studio hosting and play-by-play. In 2015, Dedes went back to his old stomping grounds by returning to NFL Network as a studio host.[7]

In 2007, Dedes served as the play-by-play man for the international feed of Super Bowl XLI by CBS Sports.[8]

Full-Time at CBS and New York Knicks

In December 2009, Dedes joined CBS Sports full-time, calling regular season college basketball and the 2010 NCAA Tournament.[9]

For the 2010 NFL and NBA season, he was named a full-time announcer of the NFL on CBS and NBA on CBS.

In 2011, Dedes left the Lakers and became the radio voice of the New York Knicks.[10] Dedes cited the flexibility to continue his work at CBS Sports as the reason for leaving the Lakers.[11]

In addition, that fall, he became the #2 voice of the SEC on CBS behind Verne Lundquist.[12]

Dedes has also filled in for Ian Eagle on play-by-play for the New York Jets preseason network on CBS 2 New York.

As of 2017, he now calls games with Adam Archuleta as the #6 announcing team for the NFL on CBS.

Jeremy Lin controversy

On February 17, 2012, Dedes used the phrase "Chink in the armor" on 1050 ESPN New York when referring to Knicks player Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American. While ESPN fired one employee and suspended another for using the same reference, Dedes was an employee of Madison Square Garden (MSG) and was not fired.[13][14][15] He apologized and was disciplined by MSG.[16]


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  2. Marchand, Andrew (November 1, 2002). "THE FORDHAM FLASH: YES' DEDES GETS NETS' FILL-IN JOB AT AGE 23". New York Post.
  3. http://www.nba.com/nba_tv/spero_dedes_bio.html
  4. 1 2 3 http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/dedes_050630.html
  5. http://www.cbssports.com/cbssports/team/sdedes
  6. http://www.tv.com/shows/nfl-on-cbs/week-2-baltimore-ravens-vs-tennessee-titans-2005-2674191/
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  8. http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com/2007/02/weekend-watch-super-bowl-xli-edition
  9. https://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-sports/releases/view?id=23639
  10. http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/6836391/spero-dedes-named-new-york-knicks-radio-play-play-man
  11. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/lakers-313932-dedes-chick.html
  12. https://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-sports/releases/view?id=29308
  13. Boren, Cindy (February 19, 2012). "ESPN fires employee for offensive Jeremy Lin headline; "SNL" weighs in". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012.
  14. Collins, Scott (February 19, 2012). "Jeremy Lin and ESPN: Network rushes to quell furor over 'chink' comments". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012.
  15. Spar, Jerry (February 20, 2012). "Mashup: Lin accepts ESPN apology for slur". WEEI.com. Entercom Boston. Archived from the original on February 21, 2012.
  16. "Knicks announcer Spero Dedes disciplined for using questionable phrase while covering Jeremy Lin". SportingNews.com. February 22, 2012. Archived from the original on February 23, 2012.
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