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After thirty years as a network television sportscaster, and with a vast array of credits in television, radio, movies and the internet, Jim Lampley is one of America’s most accomplished sports broadcasters. Along with his ex-wife Bree Walker Lampley, he also runs a successful entertainment production company in Hollywood and has begun to expand his career in commentary beyond the boundaries of sports into politics and public affairs. His journey has been blessed by an unusual variety of firsts, onlys and somethings entirely different.


Right now, Jim is best known for his work on HBO Boxing telecasts. In seventeen years, he’s called more than three hundred championship fights, and for his work on that telecast in 2004 he is one of the five 2005 nominees for the Best Play By Play Emmy Award. Calling the fights and helping to host the Olympics on NBC are Lampley's only on-air television commitments now, as he moves the bulk of his career to the producing side. Lampley is also committed to joining a new group blog spearheaded by progressive social activist Arianna Huffington and featuring such other leading lights as Norman Mailer, David Mamet, David Geffen and many others from the cutting edge of American culture. The blog is to be called The Huffington Post.


Lampley’s production company first completed the feature film WELCOME TO HOLLYWOOD, debuting in theaters summer of 2000 and then later on HBO and Cinemax. The mock-doc flick follows the artfully unconstructed star-trip failure of one Nick Decker, who seeks the Hollywood high wire and trips over about forty legitimate movie stars on the way down. The company has a variety of other theatrical and television film projects set up and underway, including an HBO original film project on John L. Sullivan set to star Dylan McDermott as the Great John L.: a book adaptation about slavery and the young Mark Twain, currently in development at Dreamworks and to be directed by Barry Levinson; an award-winning avante garde documentary about high school football in Eastern Pennsylvania titled THE LAST GAME, now in general video distribution; an original movie for FX Network about Curt Flood, the St. Louis Cardinal centerfielder who sued baseball for the removal of illegal labor restrictions and changed the history of sports; a one-hour drama pilot for FX set in the world of heavyweight boxing; and a partnership with PUNK'D producer David Frantzke to develop THE SKIP LIGHTNING SHOW, a comic sendup of television sports which would star Lampley in the title role.


In addition to the lengthy development slate at Crystal Spring, Lmapley and his partners are joining with celebrated filmmaker Ron Shelton to form a new company, Knockout Pictures, which will specialize in the making of sports-based entertainment projects for both televison and motion picture distribution. The new company is already negotiating for video rights to the wrold's largest unexposed library of classic big fight films.


Jim Lampley first appeared on national television in 1974. He was chosen from a talent hunt to help inaugurate a new role called the “college age reporter” on ABC’s national telecasts of college football. Lampley concluded graduate school at the University of North Carolina, and a few weeks later launched the first of three seasons spent prowling the sidelines in Birmingham, Columbus, Lincoln, Ann Arbor, and so forth. It set him up for a thirteen-year matriculation at ABC Sports, working football, baseball, Wide World of Sports and five Olympic Games.


In 1987 Lampley left ABC and went to work for CBS in Los Angeles. In the next five years he anchored sports and then, for three and a half years, the 6:00 and 11:00 news at KCBS-TV; functioned as the sports correspondent for “CBS This Morning” in New York; took over hosting boxing and Wimbledon for HBO; hosted sports talk radio shows on WFAN in New York and KMPC in Los Angeles; and went to the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics as a news anchor.


In 1992 Jim Lampley went to work for NBC Sports, for whom he hosted golf and NFL football in 1993 and 1994, and anchored late night Olympic coverage at Barcelona and Atlanta. In 1995, he added reporting on the magazine show “Realsports” to his duties at HBO, and on that program twice won the Emmy Award for Best Sports Journalism, along with a third Emmy for writing. In 1998, he anchored the Nagano Winter Olympics and the Goodwill Games for Turner Sports. He went to Sydney in 2000 and Salt Lake City in 2002 to anchor literally hundreds of hours of programming for MSNBC and CNBC. His appearance as NBC daytime host in Athens last summer marked his twelfth Olympic assignment as a broadcaster, duplicating the number attended by ABC’s Jim McKay. He is arranging with NBC now to host from the studio again at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy and the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.


Jim Lampley has four children ranging in age from thirteen to twenty-five and lives most of the time in Southern California.

Blog Entries by Jim Lampley

Bill Maher Can't Lay a Glove on the Olympics

0 Comments | Posted February 17, 2006 | 1:02 PM

I'll come clean first. I've been lying low here these past few months, stepping aside to allow writers with greater access and better information to daily deconstruct the Bush Administration and the surrounding neoconservative criminal conspiracy. There was no way a part-time entertainment producer and fulltime boxing commentator could match...

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The Dangers of Bush Agonistes

0 Comments | Posted October 29, 2005 | 4:22 AM

More than eighty years ago the administration of Warren G. Harding imploded in embarassment and shame because the President lacked the awareness and the moral commitment necessary to curb his associates' greediest and most craven instincts. Harding receded into detached paranoia, and was largely absent from the closing days of...

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Death in the Ring

0 Comments | Posted September 27, 2005 | 12:39 AM

On the night of Saturday, September 17, Leavander Johnson of Atlantic City, N.J. defended his world title belt in boxing's lightweight division against Jesus Chavez of Austin, Tx. The fight appeared as the first of three scheduled bouts on an HBO Pay Per View telecast, a set-up for showcases involving...

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10 Katrina Items Of Which Conservatives Can Be Proud

0 Comments | Posted September 5, 2005 | 4:21 PM

Karl Rove is right. The whole thing has really been a triumph of Bush Administration management, it's just that we liberals are too blinded by our prejudices to see it. Foolishly misguided as we are, we might have thought the priorities would have been to constructively save lives and property...

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A Lost Romance

0 Comments | Posted September 2, 2005 | 12:57 AM

Never will forget my first day in the French Quarter. August 30, 1970. I was slipping into New Orleans for a few days on my way to Chapel Hill for my senior year at UNC. I was walking down Bourbon Street holding hands with my favorite girl in the world....

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The Height of Shamelessness

0 Comments | Posted August 30, 2005 | 5:10 PM

His ship increasingly buffeted by the storm, today Captain Ahab and his handlers saw fit to compare the Iraq War to World War II. More precisely, W linked his own commitment to an ill-chosen invasion of a country peripheral to the central conflict to the courage and leadership of...

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Wrong Again

0 Comments | Posted July 6, 2005 | 8:55 AM

In my limited defense, I'm not alone. This morning's awarding of the 2012 Olympic Games to London instead of Paris ranks somewhere between a big surprise and a seismic shock for Olympic observers who thought the French capital was all but a mortal lock this time around. After failed...

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Patriotism vs. Ethnocentrism

0 Comments | Posted July 3, 2005 | 9:44 PM

On my way back to California from the Mayweather vs. Gatti fight in Atlantic City last weekend, I stopped through Indianapolis to serve as master of ceremonies for Youthlinks Indiana, a large civic event that bridges sports and charity in that city. More than a thousand people dined amid...

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Notes From a Weekend in the ER

0 Comments | Posted July 3, 2005 | 9:16 PM

If you're not a migrainer, you probably wouldn't think of migraine headache as the kind of condition which sends you to the chaos of the emergency room on a July 4 weekend. But in fifteen years of living with a migrainer, I've learned that they live in a different...

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A Poor Choice of Sources

0 Comments | Posted June 19, 2005 | 11:02 PM

The material in my previous post was strong, so I tried to err on the side of caution by suggesting I had no way of verifying the credibility of the website I cited as a source. Over the weekend The Huffington Post has received numerous corrective comments from...

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The Ultimate Deception?

0 Comments | Posted June 18, 2005 | 1:11 AM

A Bush-watcher website identified as TBRNews.org is reporting under the byline of "domestic intelligence reporter" Brian Harring that the Department of Defense is using a cynical tactic to mislead the public regarding the true death toll for American military personnel in Iraq. Harring claims he has an internal...

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The Hypocrisy of Sports Editors

0 Comments | Posted June 11, 2005 | 4:28 PM

Tonight American sports fans can watch two separate boxing telecasts, one on Showtime Pay-Per-View, the other on HBO.

In the first, and by far the more heavily publicized, Mike Tyson seeks to continue his charade of a boxing career by beating up hopelessly-outclassed Kevin McBride, a fighter...

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A Thank You to the New York Post

0 Comments | Posted June 9, 2005 | 5:54 AM

Over the past weekend a New York Post sports media columnist named Phil Mushnick attempted to eviscerate me for some of the columns I have posted here, most particularly my persistent references to the well-established irregularities which cast doubt on the validity of the 2004 Presidential election. To learn...

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The Followup to Beijing

0 Comments | Posted June 6, 2005 | 6:24 PM

In London today the International Olympic committee issued its preliminary reports on the handful of cities vying for the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games. The three leading candidates are New York, London and Paris, but not in that order. The preliminary reports seemed to confirm what Olympics...

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Why We Should Bring Back the Draft

0 Comments | Posted June 3, 2005 | 3:03 AM

I hope the next Deep Throat is sleepless right now, thinking of all the things he was a part of in Florida and Ohio these past few years. And reading Bob Levey's thoughtful post, I couldn't help thinking it won't come from conventional media anymore, it has to...

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Tying Up Loose Ends on Election Theft

0 Comments | Posted May 31, 2005 | 3:30 PM

When I returned to the subject of the "biggest story of our lives" a week ago, some of the web links malfunctioned (unintentionally of course). In addition, I slightly botched the facts of Bob Koehler's relationship with the Chicago Tribune and I want to clear that up.

Koehler...

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A Sudden Revival

0 Comments | Posted May 30, 2005 | 7:13 PM

In 1986 and 1987 I had the privilege of narrating the first two live telecasts of the Indianapolis 500 for ABC Sports. Think about that: more than thirty years into the live sports television era, more than twenty-five years after the first live national telecasts of the Kentucky Derby,...

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A Different Kind of Cuban MIssile

0 Comments | Posted May 29, 2005 | 6:12 PM

Sportscenter stereotypes Mark Cuban as a 21st Century NBA Greek chorus, reacting visibly to every big moment, exploding at every real and imagined slight, operatically baiting referees and the league office, generally competing grabshot for grabshot with his three-headed counterpart in Sacramento, the Maloofs. We also know he's...

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The Worst and the Dumbest

0 Comments | Posted May 27, 2005 | 5:19 PM

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld kicked off the Memorial Day weekend by proclaiming to Ft. Bragg's 82nd Airborne troops that a wounded Abu Musab al Zarqawi was now like HItler in his bunker, firing off in all directions at the bitter end approaches. Ten hours later Al Qaeda claimed...

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An Even Bigger Story, I Guess

0 Comments | Posted May 27, 2005 | 3:14 AM

Finally, a project big enough for my horizons. While still gaining purchase on several tracks in the comparative triviality of my crusade to kindle the Big Detective Story of 2004, I'm alerted by the helpful voice of Sandy Frank to a far more salient heist. Idolatry, or the...

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