Spero Dedes

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Spero Dedes
Born Spero Dedes
(1979-02-27) February 27, 1979 (age 38)
Paramus, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Sportscaster
Years active 2001-present

Spero Dedes (born February 27, 1979) is an American sportscaster. He is employed by CBS Sports, calling the NFL, college football and college basketball. He was the radio play-by-play voice for the Los Angeles Lakers from 2005 to 2011. In addition, he served as a radio/TV play-by-play announcer for the New York Knicks from 2011-2014.

Spero Dedes was born in Paramus, New Jersey in 1979. He is a graduate of Paramus High School and a 2001 graduate of Fordham University in New York City.

Early Career: WFAN, AFL, YES Network, NBA TV[edit]

Dedes began his career at WFAN in New York.

In 2001 and 2002, Dedes was the radio announcer for the New Jersey Gladiators of the AFL.[1]

In 2002, Dedes was tapped as a fill-in announcer for New Jersey Nets games on the Yes Network.[2]

In 2003, Dedes was hired as a studio host and play-by-play man for NBA TV. He hosted Hardwood Classics and The Insiders.[3]

National Exposure: Olympics, Networks, Lakers, Super Bowl[edit]

At 24, Dedes worked the 2004 Summer Olympics for NBC Sports.[4]

In 2004, Dedes also served as a fill-in commentator of College Basketball on CBS.[5] Also in 2004, Dedes served as a fill-in commentator for the NFL on FOX.[4]

In 2005, Dedes filled in on the NFL on CBS.[6]

In 2005, Dedes got the biggest break of his career when he was hired as the radio announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers [4]

From 2006 until 2011, Dedes worked for the NFL Network. His duties included studio hosting and play-by-play. In 2015, Dedes went back to his old stomping grounds by returning to NFL Network as a studio host. [7]

In 2007, Dedes served as the play-by-play man for the international feed of Super Bowl XLI by CBS Sports.[8]

Full-Time at CBS and New York Knicks[edit]

In December 2009, Dedes joined CBS Sports full-time, calling regular season college basketball and the 2010 NCAA Tournament.[9]

For the 2010 NFL season, he was named a full-time announcer of the NFL on CBS. Dedes is currently partnered with Solomon Wilcots.[10]

In 2011, Dedes left the Lakers and became the radio voice of the New York Knicks.[11] Dedes cited the flexibility to continue his work at CBS Sports as the reason for leaving the Lakers.[12]

In addition, that fall, he became the #2 voice of the SEC on CBS behind Verne Lundquist.[13]

Dedes has also filled in for Ian Eagle on play-by-play for the New York Jets preseason network on CBS 2 New York.

As of 2014, he now calls games with Solomon Wilcots as the #5 announcing team for the NFL on CBS.

Jeremy Lin controversy[edit]

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 was not fired.[14][15][16] He apologized and was disciplined by MSG.[17]


  1. ^ http://www.nba.com/video/spero_dedes_bio.html
  2. ^ Marchand, Andrew (November 1, 2002). "THE FORDHAM FLASH: YES' DEDES GETS NETS' FILL-IN JOB – AT AGE 23". New York Post. 
  3. ^ http://www.nba.com/nba_tv/spero_dedes_bio.html
  4. ^ a b c http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/dedes_050630.html
  5. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/cbssports/team/sdedes
  6. ^ http://www.tv.com/shows/nfl-on-cbs/week-2-baltimore-ravens-vs-tennessee-titans-2005-2674191/
  7. ^ http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/onairtalent/spero-dedes
  8. ^ http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com/2007/02/weekend-watch-super-bowl-xli-edition
  9. ^ https://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-sports/releases/view?id=23639
  10. ^ https://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-sports/releases/view?id=26145
  11. ^ http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/6836391/spero-dedes-named-new-york-knicks-radio-play-play-man
  12. ^ http://www.ocregister.com/articles/lakers-313932-dedes-chick.html
  13. ^ https://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-sports/releases/view?id=29308
  14. ^ Boren, Cindy (February 19, 2012). "ESPN fires employee for offensive Jeremy Lin headline; "SNL" weighs in". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. 
  15. ^ Collins, Scott (February 19, 2012). "Jeremy Lin and ESPN: Network rushes to quell furor over 'chink' comments". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. 
  16. ^ Spar, Jerry (February 20, 2012). "Mashup: Lin accepts ESPN apology for slur". WEEI.com. Entercom Boston. Archived from the original on February 21, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Knicks announcer Spero Dedes disciplined for using questionable phrase while covering Jeremy Lin". SportingNews.com. February 22, 2012. Archived from the original on February 22, 2012. 

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