Adnan Virk

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Adnan Virk
Born (1978-07-29) July 29, 1978 (age 37)
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Sports anchor

Adnan Virk (born July 29, 1978 in Toronto, Ontario)[1] is a Canadian sports anchor, currently working for ESPN. He is the fifth Canadian and first Muslim Sports anchor to be hired by ESPN.

Early life[edit]

Virk was born in Toronto to Zakaria and Taherah Virk; his parents had immigrated to Canada from Lahore, Pakistan, in 1972.[2] In 1983[3] the family relocated to Morven, Ontario,[4] a small town just outside of Kingston, where his father owned and operated a variety store.[2] After graduating high school, Virk studied radio and television arts at Ryerson University.[3]


From 2003[2] to 2009 he hosted several programs on The Score,[5][6] and was an associate producer for Sportscentre at TSN. He was also the co-host of Omniculture and Bollywood Boulevard[7] at Omni Television. In 2009, he joined Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE)[8] as a host and reporter for Raptors TV, Leafs TV and Gol TV Canada.[2] In April 2010 he joined the ESPN family of stations in Bristol, Connecticut.[9]

Since joining ESPN, he is one of three main anchors for Baseball Tonight.[10] During 2014 spring training he began calling play-by-play for an ESPN affiliate.[10] In the baseball off-season, he has hosted SportsCenter and Outside the Lines. He has also filled in for Keith Olbermann on the Olbermann talk show.[10]


Virk was born a Pakistani Canadian Ahmadi Muslim family, and considers himself to be a practicing Muslim. He lives in Hartford with his wife Eamon Maye, whom he married in 2007, and their son, Yusuf.[4]


  1. ^ "Adnan Virk". IMDb. 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Fatteh, Parvez (11 July 2010). "Adnan Virk Joins ESPN". The Muslim Observer. 
  3. ^ a b Kennedy, Patrick (15 April 2010). "Bench warmer gets hot job". Kingston Whig-Standard. 
  4. ^ a b Petrick, Stephen (14 April 2011). "Adnan Virk's long road from ESS to ESPN". The Napanee Guide. 
  5. ^ Chick, John (9 April 2010). "Raps broadcaster headed south, is Bosh next?". Metro. 
  6. ^ Warmington, Joe (31 October 2008). "CRTC gives Score a leg up". Toronto Sun. 
  7. ^ Zelkovich, Chris (2 May 2008). "Calmer, gentler Virk takes reporting role". Toronto Star. 
  8. ^ Dowbiggin, Bruce (15 March 2013). "Racist tweets about TSN hosts reveal Canada's nasty side". The Globe and Mail. 
  9. ^ Zelkovich, Chris (22 April 2010). "Adnan Virk latest Canadian to join ESPN". Toronto Star. 
  10. ^ a b c Hale, Jeff (21 March 2014). "Adnan Virk is Joan Rivers to Keith Olbermann's Johnny Carson". Yahoo Sports Canada. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 

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