SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Comcast SportsNet Bay Area announced today the hiring of Scott Reiss as an anchor and reporter for the regional sports network featuring the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks, San Jose SaberCats and San Jose Earthquakes. The announcement was made by Chris Olivere, News Director, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Initially Reiss will serve as a host for Sharks Pregame Live and Sharks Postgame Live, and will also provide preview, half-time and wrap up analysis for Warriors telecasts. Next spring, when Comcast SportsNet Bay Area expands its schedule of original programming including the introduction of Northern California’s only live daily sports news and talk programs, Reiss will serve as the main anchor and reporter. Show titles and additional hosts will be announced at a later date, along with a detailed programming schedule.
Olivere said, “We are delighted to welcome Scott back to Northern California where he began his sports reporting career as a Stanford University student doing the play-by-play for the Cardinal’s baseball and men’s basketball teams for the school’s radio station. He has established himself as one of the most versatile sports anchors and reporters in the business today. Scott’s experience and array of skills will enhance the depth of our on-air line-up as we prepare to launch daily news and sports talk programs next spring. I am confident that Bay Area sports fans will appreciate the knowledge and enthusiasm he will bring to the local sports scene.”
“Sports fans will recognize Scott from his extensive broadcast work,” said Ted Griggs, Vice President and General Manager, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. “However, equally important to us was Scott’s familiarity with the Bay Area sports landscape. His years as a student at Stanford and as a local broadcaster give him authentic knowledge of the local sports scene that will be critical as we launch the most comprehensive local sports news in Northern California next spring.”
Reiss added, "I am thrilled to be joining a great organization in a region with such incredible sports tradition. I've spent some of the best years of my life in the Bay Area, and to have the opportunity to return in this role, helping to build the foundation for a new product - it's a perfect fit for me, both professionally and personally."
Reiss comes to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area after spending the last eight years at ESPN, where he began in September 2000 as an anchor for ESPNEWS. Reiss subsequently filled numerous roles for the network as host of Baseball Tonight, College GameNight, and SportsCenter. In addition, he was a fill-in host for College Football Live and NFL Live, and hosted ESPN Radio College Gameday. His play-by-play duties included college basketball and football for ESPN and ESPN Radio.
Before joining ESPN, Reiss worked as a sports and news anchor and reporter at WUTR-TV in Utica, NY from 1995 to 1997, and was sports director at KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, CA from 1997 to 2000.
Born in Chicago, IL and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Reiss graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1993 and a master’s degree in sociology in 1994. While at Stanford, he was the play-by-play voice for the Cardinal’s baseball and men’s basketball teams at the school’s radio station, KZSU Radio. Reiss and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Walnut Creek, CA and are expecting their first child, a baby boy, in late October.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reaches nearly 4 million households in Northern California and Northern Nevada. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's programming includes Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants baseball, Golden State Warriors basketball, San Jose Sharks hockey, San Jose SaberCats football, and San Jose Earthquakes soccer.
Comcast Sports Group operates 10 sports networks that cover more than 2,400 live sporting events annually and deliver comprehensive sports news and analysis to 40 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast Sports Group’s networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. – Mountain West Sports Network, and CSS. These networks provide live game coverage 18 professional teams, as well as college, minor league and other sports. For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.