James Brown, three-time Emmy Award-winner, serves as host for the CBS Television Network’s NFL pre-game show, THE NFL TODAY. He again will anchor THE NFL TODAY along with analysts Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, Phil Simms and Nate Burleson. Brown has hosted the Network’s Super Bowl pre-game show for its coverage of Super Bowl 50 (2016), Super Bowl XLVII (2013), Super Bowl XLIV (2010) and Super Bowl XLI (2007). He also anchored the pre-game and half-time show for CBS and NFL Network’s coverage of Thursday Night Football along with Cowher and Deion Sanders (2014-17). In 2012 he was named Special Correspondent for CBS News contributing to various News programs including 60 MINUTES, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, 48 HOURS, CBS THIS MORNING and CBS EVENING NEWS. In September 2017, “The James Brown Show,” America’s premier, nationally-syndicated sports and entertainment half-hour series, launched.
In 2010, JB was named “Best Studio Host of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated.com. Brown returns again this year to host INSIDE THE NFL alongside analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and Ray Lewis. He previously hosted ITNFL with Simms and Cris Collinsworth for six years (2008-13). JB also hosted the Pacquiao/Mosley and Mayweather/Pacquiao fights for SHOWTIME Pay-per-view.
Brown’s first book, Role of a Lifetime: Reflections on Faith, Family and Significant Living, was published in September 2009. In his memoir Brown relayed how he found the role he was meant to play, highlighting both the good and bad decisions he made along the way, teaching readers how to discover life’s purpose for themselves.
Brown served as host of FOX NFL SUNDAY for 12 years prior to returning to CBS Sports in 2006 as host of THE NFL TODAY and play-by-play announcer for the Network’s coverage of college basketball including the NCAA Tournament. He joined FOX Sports in June 1994 after a decade with CBS Sports. Brown hosted a two-hour radio show called “Hang Time with James Brown,” and also wrote daily commentaries for Sporting News Radio. He also served as a correspondent for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” and a boxing host for HBO pay-per-view.
Brown first joined CBS Sports in 1984 where he was part of the network’s broadcast team for its NFL and college basketball coverage, as well as a reporter for the NBA Finals. He also was host of an afternoon show for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway and the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. While at CBS he also was co-host of “CBS Sports Saturday/Sunday,” a weekend anthology series.
His sportscasting career began in Washington, D.C. as an analyst for the NBA Washington Bullets (now known as the Wizards) for Home Team Sports and served as an analyst for black college basketball on BET. Early in his career, he hosted a mid-day program on WTEM, an all
sports radio station, co-hosted two weekly Washington-area sports programs, was a sports anchor for WUSA-TV for six years, and hosted “James Brown’s Pro Football Preview” for SportsFan Radio.
Throughout his career he has earned numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Studio Host for THE NFL TODAY (2007) and “FOX NFL Sunday” (1998, 1999). In August 2016, JB was honored as the recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. In 2014, JB received "The Uncommon Award" from Tony Dungy for his "uncommon leadership through character and faith." He was honored with the 2009 Dick Schaap Memorial Award for Media Excellence and received the 2007 Maxwell Football Club’s Excellence in Broadcasting Award. He also was honored by the Dallas All Sports Association Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism, and was the first recipient of the annual Pat Summerall Award in 2006, at Super Bowl XL in Detroit. In 2005, he was honored with the Director’s Award for Broadcasting from The 100 Black Men of America and the Greater Washington Urban League’s Sam Lacy Award 2005. Brown was a 2010 honoree as one of the “Faces of Black History” celebrating Black Media Legends who have impacted the Black community through their achievements and positive examples, which have included Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks to the present day heroes. He was the 2002 recipient of the International Black Broadcasters Association’s Broadcasting Excellence Award and was chosen as 1999 Sportscaster of the Year (Studio Host) by the American Sportscaster Association. Brown was also awarded the Golden Mike Award (1998) by the Black Broadcasters Alliance, two NATAS Emmys (DC chapter) including the Glenn Brenner Award for excellence in sportscasting (1998), and the Quarterback Club of Washington’s Sportscaster of the Year Award (1996).
Brown graduated from Harvard University with a degree in American Government. A standout on the basketball court, he received All-Ivy League honors in his last three seasons at Harvard and captained the team in his senior year. He was selected as a fourth-round draft pick by the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and a seventh-round pick by the Denver Nuggets. In 1996, Brown was inducted into the Harvard Hall of Fame.
He is a co-founder and principal of the Brown Technology Group, a certified minority owned and operated information technology company, and is a founding partner of the Washington Nationals. He has partnered with the Verizon Foundation to lead a national dialogue to address their work in domestic violence prevention. Brown also is Executive Producer of the documentary, “For Aaron,” from JTwoFilms, which won “Best Documentary” at the Puerto Rico International Film Festival and the Indie Gathering Film Festival.
No stranger to charitable efforts, he also works on behalf of The Ron & Joy Paul Kidney Center, and has done work with DC College Access Program (DCCAP) and The Salvation Army among numerous other charities and foundations.
He resides with his wife, Dorothy, in Maryland.
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