Spero Dedes (born 1979) is an American sportscaster. He is employed by CBS Sports, calling the NFL, college football and college basketball. In addition, he serves as a radio/TV play-by-play voice for the New York Knicks.
Early Career: WFAN, AFL, YES Network, NBA TV
Dedes began his career at WFAN in New York.
National Exposure: Olympics, Networks, Lakers, Super Bowl
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.
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 not ESPN. He apologized and was disciplined by MSG.
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