White Sox TV voice Jason Benetti will call Olympic baseball for NBC this summer
Benetti and Sox radio voice Len Kasper will debut their podcast “Sox Degrees” on Monday.
White Sox TV voice Jason Benetti already is one of the busiest people in sports broadcasting. Now he’s adding the Summer Olympics to his list of responsibilities.
NBC announced Thursday that Benetti will call baseball in the Tokyo Olympics, which begin July 23. Benetti said his schedule is still being worked out.
“Thrilled to say I’ll be doing my first Olympics this summer,” tweeted Benetti, who will work out of NBC Sports’ studios in Stamford, Connecticut. “Thanks to the Sox and ESPN for giving me the green light.”
Benetti, who already is in the NBC family with NBC Sports Chicago, also calls major-league baseball and college basketball and football for ESPN. He’s the lead voice for the network’s Statcast of MLB games, and he called his first NBA game for ESPN this season.
On Monday, he and Sox radio voice Len Kasper will debut their podcast “Sox Degrees.” Kasper will call Sox games while Benetti is calling the Olympics, and Connor McKnight will cover for Kasper on ESPN 1000.
Also, Beth Mowins, an ESPN veteran who occasionally fills in calling Cubs games on Marquee Sports Network, will call Olympic softball. Baseball and softball are back in the Olympics for the first time since 2008 in Beijing.
Lisa Byington, the TV voice for the Sky, will call soccer. Byington has worked for Fox Sports, Big Ten Network, CBS and Turner Sports. In March, she became the first female play-by-play announcer to call the men’s NCAA basketball tournament.
Also, Clippers radio voice Noah Eagle, who called the Bears-Saints wild-card game for Nickelodeon, will call 3-on-3 basketball, which makes its Olympic debut.