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Bill Macatee Biography – Bill Macatee Wiki
Bill Macatee is an American sports broadcaster for CBS Sports and Tennis Channel. In 1982, he started his network sports broadcasting career with NBC and was the youngest network sportscaster in the industry. With NBC Sports, he covered a wide range of events including Wimbledon, the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl, and the World Series. He hosted NBC’s Major League Baseball Game of the Week pre-game show for 4 years as well as numerous events for the network’s sports anthology show, NBC Sportsworld. Additionally, he served as the sports correspondent for the Today Show and sports anchor for NBC News at Sunrise and Sunday Today. He also co-anchored the syndicated show USA Today on television.
He joined USA Network as a sportscaster in 1990. From 1991 until 2006, he anchored coverage of the PGA Tour and hosted the network’s Thursday/Friday coverage of The Masters from Butler Cabin as well as coverage of the Ryder Cup. His other duties included play-by-play for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships and the French Open at Roland Garros. He served as an anchor during the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan for CBS and the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy for USA Network.
Since joining CBS Sports in 1995, he has served as a tower announcer and handled post-round, network interviews for The Masters and PGA Championship. He also substitutes for Jim Nantz during other PGA Tour events and has anchored CBS’ coverage of the LPGA Championship and various Champions Tour events. In 2015, he hosted the Golf Channel series, Greatest Rounds. He co-anchored weekend coverage of the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan for CBS Sports.
In tennis, he was the main CBS play-by-play announcer for the U.S. Open Tennis Championship and other ATP and WTA events. From 1998 through 2013, Macatee did play-by-play for the NFL on CBS. He also called NCAA Basketball for CBS Sports including the NCAA Tournament and the NCAA Men’s Division II Basketball National Championship Game. He has done network play-by-play in sports as diverse as figure skating, skiing, track-and-field, gymnastics, boxing, and even sumo wrestling.
He has served as the main play-by-play voice and studio host for the cable network Tennis Channel, covering the Australian Open, The French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open.
He graduated from Burges High School in El Paso. In 1978, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. While in college, he worked at KLTV-TV in Tyler, Texas as well as KTVV-TV in Austin, Texas. He became Sports Director at KBMT-TV in Beaumont, Texas where he was hired by Bill Paradowski. Following that he worked at KMBC-TV in Kansas City before spending 3 years at WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas.
In 2013, he joined The Vistria Group, a Chicago private equity firm, serving as a Senior Advisor to the firm. Macatee serves on numerous company boards, as well as the Advisory Board of the United States Tennis Association Foundation. He spent 2 years as an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University in Southern California, teaching Sports Media at the prestigious Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. He serves as a Trustee at Lamar University. He was named Distinguished Alumnus at Lamar University in 2010 and gave the Commencement Address for the university’s graduating class in May 2014.
In 2018, Macatee was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bill Macatee Age
He was born on November 17, 1955, in Rome, New York, United States, and grew up in El Paso, Texas.
Bill Macatee Wife
On May 10, 2014, Macatee married his wife Sonya Lee. They reside in Dallas, Texas.
Bill Macatee Children
He is the father to Caitlin Macatee, an up-and-coming comedian and author.