Mike Hall (sportscaster)
Michael James Hall (born February 1982 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois) is an American sports broadcaster who currently works for the Big Ten Network. He can also be found as a sideline reporter for NFL games on Fox. Hall is a graduate of the University of Missouri where he majored in Journalism.
Hall is perhaps best known for being the winner of the first season of ESPN's reality television show Dream Job. For his efforts, Hall won a one-year contract to be an anchor on ESPN's popular sports news program SportsCenter, and a new Mazda3. On the night that he won, March 28, 2004, Hall also took a sports quiz to raise his salary. His salary started at $70,000. He then answered five trivia questions, each correct answer worth $5,000, to bump his first-year salary to $95,000.
On May 15, 2004, Hall graduated from the University of Missouri. At 1 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on July 20, 2004, Hall began his stint as an official SportsCenter anchor alongside Linda Cohn, having already done some work for ESPNews. Before Missouri, he attended Glenbard West High School.
Mike Hall also appeared on ESPN, and occasionally ESPN2, broadcasting college games including the Division I NCAA Frozen Four National Championship.
He previously was the featured on-air personality at ESPN's network devoted to college sports, ESPNU. ESPN's Pardon the Interruption reported during its "Happy Trails!" segment on April 27, 2007, that Hall was leaving ESPNU to move back to the Chicago area, where he would pursue other job opportunities. Bleacher Report ranked Hall 17th in their list of the 50 worst announcers of all time.
Big Ten Network and Fox Sports
As of 2007, Hall is employed with the Big Ten Network. While at the network Hall has hosted Friday Night Tailgate, Big Ten Football Report, BTN Live on Sirius/XM satellite radio, Big Ten Basketball & Beyond and Big Ten Basketball pre-game, halftime, and wrap-up segments.
- "The 50 Worst ESPN Anchors of All Time: Making You Change the Channel Since 1979". bleacherreport.com. Bleacher Report. 2010-09-06. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
- Mike Hall's Blog - Big Ten Network[dead link]