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February 27, 1979
|Occupation||Sportscaster, play-by-play announcer|
Spero Dedes (born February 27, 1979) is an American sportscaster. He is currently employed by CBS Sports, calling the NFL, NBA and college basketball. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Chargers preseason telecast. Prior to joining CBS, he was the radio play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers (2005-2011) and a radio and television play-by-play announcer for the New York Knicks from 2011 to 2014.
Early career: WFAN, AFL, YES Network, NBA TV
National exposure: Olympics, Networks, Lakers, Super Bowl
From 2006 until 2011, Dedes worked for NFL Network. His duties included studio hosting and play-by-play. In 2015, Dedes went back to his old stomping grounds by returning to NFL Network as a studio host.
Full-time at CBS and New York Knicks
For the 2010 NFL season, he was named a full-time announcer of the NFL on CBS.
As of 2017, he now calls games with Adam Archuleta as the #6 announcing team for the NFL on CBS.
Jeremy Lin controversy
On February 17, 2012, Dedes used the phrase "Chink in the armor" on 1050 ESPN New York when referring to Knicks player Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American. While ESPN fired one employee and suspended another for using the same reference, Dedes was an employee of Madison Square Garden (MSG) and was not fired. He apologized and was disciplined by MSG.
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- "CBS SPORTS' COLLEGE BASKETBALL DOUBLEHEADER FEATURES TOP 20 CLASH AS NO. 15 GONZAGA TAKES ON NO. 7 DUKE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ON SATURDAY, DEC. 19". Viacom CBS Express. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
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- "Dedes named Knicks radio play-by-play man". Espn.com. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
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- "NO. 3-RANKED ALABAMA TAKES ON NO. 12-RANKED FLORIDA IN PRIME TIME ON CBS SPORTS' COLLEGE FOOTBALL TRIPLEHEADER ON SATURDAY, OCT. 1". ViacomCBS Press Express. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
- Boren, Cindy (February 19, 2012). "ESPN fires employee for offensive Jeremy Lin headline; "SNL" weighs in". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012.
- Collins, Scott (February 19, 2012). "Jeremy Lin and ESPN: Network rushes to quell furor over 'chink' comments". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012.
- Spar, Jerry (February 20, 2012). "Mashup: Lin accepts ESPN apology for slur". Weei.com. Archived from the original on February 21, 2012.
- "Knicks announcer Spero Dedes disciplined for using questionable phrase while covering Jeremy Lin". SportingNews.com. February 22, 2012. Archived from the original on February 23, 2012.