Randy Moss (sports reporter)

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For the former NFL wide receiver, see Randy Moss.

Randy Moss (born 1959 in Hot Springs, Arkansas[1]) is an American sports announcer and reporter who currently covers thoroughbred racing, football, basketball, Olympics and golf for NBC Sports, NBC Sports Network, NFL Network and Golf Channel.

Randy Moss

Early life[edit]

A native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Moss attended horse races at Oaklawn Park Race Track during his youth, often sneaking into the track despite being underage. During high school and college he assisted Daily Racing Form columnist Don Grisham on an Oaklawn handicapping column in the Arkansas Gazette. Moss then spent one semester in pharmacy school at the University of Arkansas before Gazette sports editor Orville Henry hired him to work for the paper full time.[1]

Print[edit]

In 1984, Moss left the Gazette for the Arkansas Democrat after the Democrat offered to double his salary due to his popularity as a handicapper. From 1989 to 1995 he worked for The Dallas Morning News.[1]

Moss left journalism in 1995 and returned home to work as the director of operations for Oaklawn Park. In 1996, Moss returned to sports writing as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He left the Star-Telegram after he subbed as an ESPN analyst for the 1999 Preakness Stakes and subsequently was hired by the network.[1]

For thirty years, Moss has been part of Andrew Beyer's team that calculates for Daily Racing Form the iconic Beyer Speed Figures, a mathematical index measuring racehorse speed that is widely considered the most popular handicapping tool in thoroughbred racing. He also created the "Moss Pace Figures" published online by Daily Racing Form.

Television[edit]

In 1999, Moss became ESPN's primary horse racing analyst.[1] In August 2008, he joined the NFL Network, where for three years he was studio host for "Team Cam" and "Around the League" and now is primarily a remote reporter.[2]

In 2011, Moss began as an analyst for the Triple Crown for NBC and NBC Sports Network and now covers horse racing exclusively for those networks. Moss was a sideline reporter for NBC at the 2012 Pro Bowl, and a pre-game reporter at the 2012 Super Bowl. He also was assigned by NBC to the 2012 Summer Olympics, where he announced on coverage of whitewater canoeing and kayaking, water polo, synchronized swimming and race walking, and the 2014 Winter Olympics, reporting on ski jumping and Nordic combined. Moss also handles play-by-play duties for NBC Sports Network telecasts of Ivy League football and basketball games.

In 2014, Moss began hosting some of Golf Channel's Spotlight coverage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Arkansas Democrat Project Interview with Randy Moss". Arkansas Democrat Project. The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Randy Moss". NFL. NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved 17 June 2011.