Mike Tirico and Ian Eagle

Ian Eagle ’90 honored with Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media

By Wendy S. Loughlin

November 2, 2018

In a ceremony at the Newhouse School Nov. 1, alumnus Ian Eagle ’90 was honored with the sixth annual Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media, presented by the Newhouse Sports Media Center.

Eagle, play-by-play announcer with CBS Sports, YES Network and Westwood One Radio, is one of the most respected and versatile sportscasters in the country.

Mike Tirico ’88 of NBC Sports, last year’s recipient, presented the award. He recalled meeting Eagle when he was still a student. “We knew then that he was one of the greats,” Tirico said. He added: “Ian makes everyone around him happier—and better.”

Alumnus Jason Benetti ’05, play-by-play announcer for ESPN and the Chicago White Sox, also offered remarks. “At every turn, when I have needed someone to lean on in this industry… Ian has been there.”

Eagle’s son, Newhouse student Noah Eagle ’19, a broadcast and digital journalism major and the sports director at WAER Radio, spoke about what he has learned from his father: Be yourself. Put in the work. Leave everything at the door and do your job. Be a good person.

“I’m so proud to say, ‘I’m Noah Eagle, and I’m following in my father’s footsteps,'” he said.

Accepting the award, Eagle reflected on the lasting friendships he first made at Newhouse. “Syracuse University will always feel like home, and you feel like family,” he told the audience.

Eagle talked about meeting Marty Glickman ’39, the legendary sports broadcaster for whom the Glickman Award is named, and noted his influence. “Syracuse University is the cradle of sportscasters because of Marty Glickman,” he said.   

The ceremony also included videotaped remarks from alumnus Marv Albert ’63 of Turner Sports. Olivia Stomski, director of the Newhouse Sports Media Center, hosted the event.

At the start of the ceremony, guests observed a moment of silence for alumnus Hank Greenwald ’57, longtime San Francisco Giants broadcaster, who died Oct. 22.

Eagle, an Emmy Award winner, was named New York State Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2013, 2014 (with WNBC-TV’s Bruce Beck) and 2016. He was inducted into WAER Hall of Fame in 2013.

As a student at Syracuse University, Eagle was the play-by-play voice of the Orange for football, basketball and lacrosse, and was awarded the Bob Costas Scholarship, given to an exceptional broadcast journalism student.