Brian Drebber

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Brian Drebber
Born (1950-07-27)July 27, 1950
Guam, Mariana Islands
Died August 23, 2018(2018-08-23) (aged 68)
Canton, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Sportscaster
Employer Speed

Brian Drebber (July 27, 1950 – August 23, 2018) was an American sports commentator who was employed by the television network Speed before his death in August 2018.


Drebber was born in Guam, Mariana Islands. Since 1978, he was a play-by-play, analyst, reporter, writer, and producer, covering eight Olympic, Pan American and Goodwill Games as well as world championships in 25 different sports including, aerobics, Drag boat racing, curling,[1] cycling, and Nordic Events,[2] for TNT, ESPN,[3] ABC, CBS, and Public Broadcasting Service|PBS.[4]

He last broadcast AMA Superbike Championship, ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing, USAR Hooters Pro Cup, and Bike Week for Speed.[5]

Drebber got his start as a broadcaster and sports reporter by providing commentary over the public address system at the Trexlertown Velodrome in the mid-1970s. As a rider there, his nickname was "Dribbles". It was soon discovered that he was a far better announcer than rider and his announcing style quickly became very popular at Trexlertown, because he knew the sport and the riders very well and had a keen sense of humor.


Drebber died on August 23, 2018, in Canton, Georgia, en route to the airport, when his motorcycle struck a deer. He was 68. He was engaged to fiancée Mara Yetter and had a daughter.[6][7]


  1. ^ The 1992 Winter Olympics TV Coverage — CBS, TNT hoping for good weather
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Roanoke Times". 1994-05-11. Retrieved 2018-08-24. 
  4. ^ The Announcers
  5. ^ "Speed TV bio". Retrieved 2018-08-24. 
  6. ^ Frothingham, Stephen (August 23, 2018). "Race announcer Brian Drebber dies in motorcycle crash". Retrieved August 24, 2018. 
  7. ^ Carruthers, Paul (August 23, 2018). "Brian Drebber, 1950-2018". Retrieved August 24, 2018.