Eric Collins

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Eric Collins (born 1969 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a play-by-play sports announcer, currently the voice of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets on Fox Sports Southeast.

From 2009 through 2013, Collins served as the part-time television voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking over the duties of Dodger radio voice Charley Steiner, who was the team's play-by-play announcer on road telecasts east of Denver. On October 12, 2013, the Dodgers announced that Collins would not be returning the following season.[1]

Collins' broadcasting experience also includes play-by-play for NBC Sports' coverage of the USA Baseball team during the 2008 Summer Olympics Games in Beijing, China, as well as calling ESPN's coverage of college football, college basketball, and college baseball and softball Super Regional tournaments and Women's College World Series games (WCWS in 2005 and 2006); part-time announcing for the Chicago White Sox in 2004 and 2008; and working in Minor League Baseball for the Schaumburg Flyers and Rochester Red Wings. He also worked as a sideline reporter for Chicago Bulls broadcasts from 1997 to 2002. Collins has broadcast every game of the World Cup of Softball on ESPN since its inception in 2005, with partner Michele Smith. In August 2010, the Big Ten Network announced that Collins would handle play-by-play duties in college football and basketball. He also does play-by-play announcing for Fox College Hoops.[2]

On August 27, 2015, Collins was named the new television play-by-play announcer for the Charlotte Hornets, replacing Steve Martin, who will return to his original role as the team's radio play-by-play voice. Collins will be joined by former Hornet Dell Curry and Stephanie Ready, the NBA's first full-time female analyst.[3]

Collins is a graduate of St. Lawrence University (bachelor's degree) and Syracuse University (master's degree).

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