The return of the NCAA Tournament means Brian Anderson will once again be at the microphone.
Anderson, who turns 50 in June, is a swiss-army knife in the sports media world. Whether he is calling Milwaukee Brewers games or the stunning upsets in March Madness, Anderson is a busy man throughout the year.
For sports fans unfamiliar with Anderson, here is everything you need to know ahead of this year’s tournament.
Brian Anderson is Turner’s lead NCAA tournament announcer
Every network has its lead broadcast team, and Brian Anderson is part of the one for Turner Sports.
Anderson, Jim Jackson, and sideline reporter Allie LaForce make up the top non-CBS team for this year’s NCAA Tournament. The trio’s opening task is Thursday, when Drake and Wichita State square off in the First Four.
Anderson and his colleagues will also call the play-in game between Michigan State and UCLA later that night.
There are 10 total broadcast teams this year. The No. 1 team of Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, and Tracy Wolfson will call the Final Four and National Championship game for CBS.
Anderson primarily works with the Milwaukee Brewers
For all its hype, the NCAA Tournament is only a handful of days in a given year. Brian Anderson is a very busy man when he’s not working March Madness, though.
From spring training through whenever the regular season ends, Anderson is the Milwaukee Brewers’ television play-by-play voice for Fox Sports Wisconsin. Anderson, who is originally from Texas, is entering his 15th season with the Brewers.
The good news for Anderson is that the Brewers have mostly been competitive for much of his time there. Milwaukee has made five playoff appearances since 2007 and recorded eight winning campaigns in that stretch.
The Brewers made the playoffs last year despite going 29-31 in the pandemic-shortened season.
Brian Anderson has a long history around other sports, too
With how many jobs he has, one has to wonder when Brian Anderson gets to sleep.
In addition to working March Madness and most of the Milwaukee Brewers’ games, Anderson also serves as a national announcer for several networks. When he’s not with the Brewers, Anderson calls regular-season and playoff baseball games for TBS.
Anderson lends his voice to NBA games on TNT — and, starting last year, joined the NBA 2K series as a virtual play-by-play announcer. Previously, Anderson called professional golf and even some NFL games for CBS.
In a recent interview with The Athletic, Anderson explained how his versatility in sports has helped him prepare for this year’s NCAA Tournament.
“Basically, it’s the same setup as the NBA Orlando bubble. I’ve been in the NBA, MLB postseason, and ‘The Match’ bubbles, and all are pretty standard at this point. Turner has done a phenomenal job with all protocols for the entire crew up to now. CBS had great success on the PGA Tour and the NFL, so I expect it to be seamless in Indy. It’s an incredible effort by many to make it all work smoothly.”
Anderson will tentatively call his final game in the Elite Eight on March 29 or March 30. The Brewers are scheduled to open the regular season on Thursday, April 1, against the Minnesota Twins.