Bill Macatee
Golf, CBS Sports Spectacular

Bill Macatee joined CBS Sports in 1995. He served as an analyst for the Masters since 2000 and the PGA Championship and Highlight Show since 1997. He served as CBS Sports' studio host at the Masters (1996-99) and hosted the opening rounds of the Masters for almost 20 years and every Ryder Cup from 1991-2006 while serving as the primary anchor for USA Network's coverage of the PGA Tour (1990-2006). Among his duties at CBS, he handled NFL play-by-play at the network for 16 years. Macatee also continues to play a major role, not only for CBS Sports' golf coverage, including the Masters and PGA Championship, but also for a variety of CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR events including skiing, figure skating, track and field and the ATP Tennis Tour. He served as a lead play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships for more than 20 years, calling 10 U.S. Open Singles Finals.

Macatee has shown his versatility in covering a variety of different sports, including serving as weekend co-anchor for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games on CBS; as well as play-by-play duties for the network’s coverage of college basketball’s NCAA Tournament and the Division II National Championship game. Additionally, Macatee was the studio anchor for Daytime coverage of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games on USA Network. In fact, Macatee currently is the only U.S. broadcaster announcing two of the most prestigious events in sports: the Masters and Wimbledon.

Macatee began his network career with NBC at the age of 26. There, he covered a variety of major events including the World Series, Super Bowl, Wimbledon and various college bowl games. He also spent four years as host of NBC's Major League Baseball Game of the Week pre-game show, as well as serving as pre-game host for NBC's primetime coverage of Major League Baseball's League Championship Series. During his time at NBC, Macatee also was the sports correspondent for the “Today Show," as well as sports anchor for "NBC News at Sunrise" and "Sunday Today." Later, Macatee briefly moved away from sports serving as co-anchor for the syndicated show "USA Today on TV."

During his years at USA Network, Macatee’s duties included play-by-play for golf, Grand Slam tennis events, as well as figure skating, boxing and other selected sports specials. Macatee currently has a prominent role on cable’s Tennis Channel where he serves as the network’s lead play-by-play voice for Wimbledon, as well as the Australian and French Opens.

Macatee earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lamar University and currently serves as a Trustee for the Lamar University Foundation. He received the university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2011. Macatee also has served as an Adjunct Professor, teaching Sports Media, at Chapman University in Southern California. He was born in Rome, N.Y., and has one daughter, Caitlin. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Sonya.

 

 

 

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