Tim Brant (born February 26, 1949 in Washington, DC) is an American sportscaster and Vice President and Director of Sports for ABC 7 / WJLA-TV in Washington DC. He has spent nearly thirty years covering sports nationally for CBS and ABC.
His sports analysis has dated back to when he was on the University of Maryland gridiron. At UMD, he was a star linebacker and defensive captain. After signing with the Washington Redskins, Brant suffered a career ending knee injury.
The multi-faceted Brant has served many roles at ABC Sports, including host, sideline reporter, expert analyst and play-by-play. He joined ABC Sports as a college football commentator in 1982. Brant is often best known for his coverage of college football with Keith Jackson. While with ABC, Brant announced three National Championship games. Brant also teamed with Keith Jackson as the voice of the PlayStation video game NCAA Gamebreaker for 989 Sports. While working with Keith Jackson, he was listed as college football's top analyst by numerous publications, including USA Today.
In addition to his college football duties, Brant has also done play-by-play for college basketball, Wide World of Sports, 1984 Winter and Summer Olympics, the Pro Bowl, USFL and the Pro Bowlers Tour. Brant also had a sideline stint on ABC's Monday Night Football.
Brant has worked alongside Mike Tirico, Brent Musburger, Keith Jackson, Dan Fouts, James Brown, Hank Stram, Jim Nantz, Mark Jones, Terry Bowden, Terry Gannon, Jack Arute, Ed Cunningham, Todd Harris, Al Michaels and Lynn Swann, among others.
Brant spent four years at CBS Sports (1987–90) and worked a variety of broadcasts, including the NFL, the NBA and the NCAA Basketball Tournament. He served as host of CBS Sports Saturday, "Winter-Fest," the "NCAA Basketball Tournament Selection Show" and the Emmy Award-winning Tour de France coverage. Tim also mentored and worked with childhood friend James Brown. Tim and James grew up together in the Washington, DC area.
In 1987 & 1988, Brant was paired by analyst Hank Stram on NFL broadcasts three-years before being replaced by Jim Nantz. He also teamed with Jim Nantz. In Nantz's 2008 best seller book, Jim says that he never forged a friendship as quickly with anyone as he did with Tim Brant.
Return to ABC
In 1991, Brant returned to ABC where he returned to the booth as an analyst/play-by-play man for College Football on ABC, a role he held until 2007.
Brant is a dynamic public speaker, giving motivational speeches to various organizations and corporations. His many honors include Sportscaster of the Year in 1996 by the Touchdown Club of Washington, and Champion Sportscaster by the Black United Fund. He was honored by the Touchdown Club as the Top Analyst in 1986, and won the March of Dimes A.I.R. Award for achievement in radio for Best Sports Play-by-Play in 2001. He has been honored with The Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Maryland, Distinguished Professional Achievement by the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism in 2002, and in 1999 was inducted into the St. John's College High School Hall of Fame.
Tim hosted the Brant & Parks morning show on WMAL radio in Washington, DC for over ten years. The show was political in nature, and co-hosts included late White House press secretary Tony Snow. Tim has volunteered at several White House events under the Reagan and both Bush administrations. Events have included the Easter egg roll and announcing little league softball on the South Lawn. Tim was criticized by some media outlets for casually referring to President George W. Bush as "partner" while speaking during a little league softball game at the White House. Tim has had President George Herbert Walker Bush in the booth with him while announcing college football games in the state of Texas.
Brant currently resides in Potomac, Maryland with his wife Janet. Brant is very active in local charitable programs. He has four grown children, Jason, Kevin, Lindsay and Julie. His son, Kevin Brant, was a high school All American football player who went on to play at UCLA, where he played safety from 1999–2003.