Tom Hammond: Notre Dame play-by-play - NBC Sports

Tom Hammond: Notre Dame play-by-play
August 31, 2012, 3:08 pm

Tom Hammond, one of sports broadcasting's most respected and versatile talents, serves as the play-by-play announcer for NBC's coverage of Notre Dame Football.

In addition to college football, Hammond also hosts NBC's horse racing coverage, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Hammond also plays a prominent role in NBC's Olympic coverage, calling track and field at the Summer Games and figure skating at the Winter Games.

Hammond's association with NBC Sports dates back to the network's regional college basketball broadcasts in the late 1970s. His big break came in 1984, when he was hired on what was intended to be a one-time-only basis as a reporter for NBC's telecast of the inaugural Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. That telecast won the prestigious Eclipse Award, and Hammond has been involved with NBC Sports ever since.

What started as a one-time network opportunity has blossomed into a wide-ranging network career for Hammond - his conversational style is at home anywhere on the sports landscape. Hammond's vast body of work with the network has ranged from Thoroughbred horse racing broadcasts, track and field, gymnastics, figure skating, and football to working several years as a play-by-play announcer for NBC's coverage of the NBA and WNBA.

In September 2001, Hammond was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and in April of 2000, Hammond was honored as a distinguished alumnus of the University of Kentucky, where he earned bachelors and masters degrees in equine genetics. Hammond is a native and resident of Lexington, Ky., where he lives with his wife, Sheilagh. They are the parents of a daughter and two sons. He is on the board of directors for the Thursday's Child organization, which facilitates special needs adoptions.