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Basketball Analyst & Former College Basketball Coach

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Bill Raftery began his broadcasting career with SportsChannel New York (now known as FOX Sports Net) in 1982 and for the last four seasons has been paired with Ian Eagle. The year 1982 also marked Raftery’s first season with ESPN, where he serves as an analyst for college basketball. Since 1982, he can also be heard as an analyst on CBS’s college basketball and NBA coverage.Over his 19-year broadcast career, the excitable announcer who calls bank shots has called many thrilling Nets and college basketball games, including the Nets 1984 first- round upset win over the World Champion 76ers in the playoffs and the mid-1980’s Big East successes in the NCAA Tournament. He has also worked the NCAA Finals for the last eight years on CBS Radio.

From 1970-1981, Bill Raftery served as head basketball coach at Seton Hall University, where he revitalized the program and led the Pirates to seven straight winning seasons and a record of 154-141. Raftery led the team to four ECAC post-season tournaments and two National Invitational Tournament appearances. His 154 wins as a coach place him fourth on the all-time list at Seton Hall behind Honey Russell, P.J. Carlesimo and Frank Hill. From 1979-1981, he also served as President of the Big East Coaches Association.

Prior to coaching at SHU, Raftery spent five years coaching at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. He led the Jersey Devils to a 63-48 record from 1963-68. In his final year at FDU, he led the team to an 18-6 record and earned Coach of the Year honors from the New Jersey Basketball Writers Association. His .572 winning percentage is the highest in school history and his 63 wins rank him second on the all-time list.

A standout on the court as well, Raftery played three seasons at LaSalle University under legendary coach Donald “Dudley” Moore. During the 1959-1960 season, he set a freshman scoring mark with 370 points. The next year, he led the varsity team with 17.8 points per game and in his senior year, he co-captained the Explorers to the National Invitational Tournament. Following his senior year at LaSalle, he was drafted by the New York Knicks, making it to the final cut.

Prior to attending LaSalle, Bill Raftery was an All-State selection in basketball, soccer and baseball at St. Cecilia High School in Kearny, New Jersey. On the hardwood, he posted a New Jersey state record scoring 827 points in his senior year, leading the team to the state championship. During his high school career he scored 2,192 points, which at the time was also a New Jersey state record.

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Bill Raftery Biography

Bill Raftery began his broadcasting career with SportsChannel New York (now known as FOX Sports Net) in 1982 and for the last four seasons has been paired with Ian Eagle. The year 1982 also marked Raftery’s first season with ESPN, where he serves as an analyst for college basketball. Since 1982, he can also be heard as an analyst on CBS’s college basketball and NBA coverage.Over his 19-year broadcast career, the excitable announcer who calls bank shots has called many thrilling Nets and college basketball games, including the Nets 1984 first- round upset win over the World Champion 76ers in the playoffs and the mid-1980’s Big East successes in the NCAA Tournament. He has also worked the NCAA Finals for the last eight years on CBS Radio.

From 1970-1981, Bill Raftery served as head basketball coach at Seton Hall University, where he revitalized the program and led the Pirates to seven straight winning seasons and a record of 154-141. Raftery led the team to four ECAC post-season tournaments and two National Invitational Tournament appearances. His 154 wins as a coach place him fourth on the all-time list at Seton Hall behind Honey Russell, P.J. Carlesimo and Frank Hill. From 1979-1981, he also served as President of the Big East Coaches Association.

Prior to coaching at SHU, Raftery spent five years coaching at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. He led the Jersey Devils to a 63-48 record from 1963-68. In his final year at FDU, he led the team to an 18-6 record and earned Coach of the Year honors from the New Jersey Basketball Writers Association. His .572 winning percentage is the highest in school history and his 63 wins rank him second on the all-time list.

A standout on the court as well, Raftery played three seasons at LaSalle University under legendary coach Donald “Dudley” Moore. During the 1959-1960 season, he set a freshman scoring mark with 370 points. The next year, he led the varsity team with 17.8 points per game and in his senior year, he co-captained the Explorers to the National Invitational Tournament. Following his senior year at LaSalle, he was drafted by the New York Knicks, making it to the final cut.

Prior to attending LaSalle, Bill Raftery was an All-State selection in basketball, soccer and baseball at St. Cecilia High School in Kearny, New Jersey. On the hardwood, he posted a New Jersey state record scoring 827 points in his senior year, leading the team to the state championship. During his high school career he scored 2,192 points, which at the time was also a New Jersey state record.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bill Raftery for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Bill Raftery, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bill Raftery or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bill Raftery?

    Booking fees for Bill Raftery, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bill Raftery, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bill Raftery?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bill Raftery for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bill Raftery for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bill Raftery or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bill Raftery or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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