Joe Tessitore

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Sportcaster

Birth Date: January 1, 1971

Age: 53 years old

Birth Place: Schenectady, New York

Joe Tessitore is an American sports commentator born in Schenectady, New York, in 1971. Tessitore attended Boston College, from which he graduated in 1993 with a degree in marketing. He actually began his broadcasting career working at KXAS, an NBC affiliate in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, in 1991. In 1994, Tessitore joined WFSB (CBS) in Hartford, Connecticut, and became the station's primary sports anchor in 1997.

He joined ESPN in 2002, beginning his tenure calling boxing "Tuesday Night Fights" and "Friday Night Fights"; Tessitore was also the commentary voice for EA Sport's "Fight Night" video game series. He was most famously associated with college football commentary, where his excitable calling was dubbed "The Tess Effect" and was heard during numerous bowls and playoff games. Tessitore also called horse racing, most famously during the Triple Crown races, and many other sports and special events. In 2016, Tessitore joined the primetime Saturday night college football coverage team. He also co-hosted the rebooted "Battle of the Network Stars" (ABC, 2017- ), which saw TV stars compete in sporting activities and events.

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The American Rescue Dog Show

Host
Show
2022

Celebrity Wheel of FortuneStream

Guest
Game Show
2021

Holey Moley: Extras

Actor
Show
2020

Holey MoleyStream

Correspondent
Reality
2019

Pro Bowl Kickoff

Host
Show
2019

CFP National Championship

Host
Show
2019

Monday Night Kickoff

Host
Show
2018

2018 CFP National Championship

Actor
Show
2018

CFP Pregame Field Pass

Actor
Show
2018

Heisman Trophy Presentation

Actor
Show
2017

Battle of the Network Stars

Host
Reality
2017

The $100,000 PyramidStream

Guest
Game Show
2016

Celebrity Family FeudStream

Guest
Game Show
2015

SEC Nation

Host
Talk
2014

College Football Final

Host
Show
2006

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