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CBS Sports Announcer; NFL play-by-play. TNT Basketball Broadcaster. Has Announced the Final Four, Super Bowl, and World Series.

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Kevin Harlan (Born June 21, 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American television and radio sports announcer. The son of former Green Bay Packers executive Bob Harlan, he currently broadcasts NFL and college basketball games on CBS. Harlan is also a play-by-play announcer for the NBA on TNT. Until 2008, Harlan was the voice of Westwood One Radio's Final Four coverage, which is heard on hundreds of radio stations nationwide. In 2009, he began serving as Westwood One's (now Dial Global Sports) lead announcer for Monday Night Football, calling his first Super Bowl in Super Bowl 45, thus joining Jim Nantz, Dick Enberg, and Curt Gowdy the only play-by-play announcers to call a Super Bowl and the Final Four. He joins Bob Papa as the only two play-by-play announcers to call the World Bowl and Super Bowl.

Harlan's broadcasting career began in 1982, when he became the TV and radio voice of the NBA's Kansas City Kings (now the Sacramento Kings). He then was a basketball announcer for his alma mater, the University of Kansas, for one year, then went on to call games for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs from 1985–93. Harlan also split time with the University of Missouri (1986–89) calling football and basketball games, and worked as the play-by-play voice of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves for nine seasons (1989–98). On the network level, Harlan called NFL football for NBC in 1991, college football for ESPN in 1992–93, NFL for Fox from 1994–97, and joined Turner Sports in 1996 to cover NBA playoff games (he would begin calling games throughout the entire season in 1997, which he continues to do to this day). He began working for CBS in 1998.

In addition, Harlan has called Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers preseason games; basketball games during the now-defunct Goodwill Games, which were owned by Time Warner; college sports on ESPN; and several bowl games during college football seasons. A Wisconsin native, Harlan attended the University of Kansas and graduated in 1982 with a broadcast journalism degree. He took sportscasting classes under the guidance of former Super Bowl and Chiefs play-by-play voice Tom Hedrick.

He has also lent his voice on the NBA 2K video game series. Curiously, his voice is similar to fellow NBA on TNT announcer Marv Albert that 2K Sports turned to him as a play-by-play announcer for said video game, in response to Albert being the voice on competitor EA Sports' NBA Live series.

Harlan's creative banter includes lines such as: "Buckle up for..." (when any NBA player is about to slam dunk the ball), "Right between the eyes!", "He just sucked the gravity right out of the building!", "He's a flamethrower!", "He is an assassin", "Flight (jersey number) is cleared for landing!", "Up high...and down hard! (followed by the player's first and last name)", and "Good!". Harlan has also been known to exclaim "(Kobe Bryant/LeBron James), with no regard for human life!" after an especially devastating play.The most well known are a dunk by Kobe Bryant against the New York Knicks in 2003 and the LeBron James dunk on Kevin Garnett in the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals. "LeBron James, with no regard for human life!"

In a 2003 playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves, Kobe Bryant performed a reverse windmill dunk over several defenders to which Harlan responded, "Buckle up for Kobe Bryant! Kobe Bryant just sucked the gravity out of the Target Center!" During a playoff game in 2005 between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks, the Rockets' Tracy McGrady drove to the rim and threw down a vicious one handed facial on the Mavericks' Shawn Bradley, and Kevin Harlan said, "Here comes McGrady--OH, he just sucked the gravity right out of the building! What a play by T-Mac!" Although this line is most commonly associated with McGrady's dunk, Harlan actually used the same line for a Keon Clark dunk in a 2002 Raptors-Mavericks game. Coincidentally, the Keon Clark dunk was also on Shawn Bradley.

As a Kansas City Chiefs announcer, he would often exclaim "Oh baby, what a play!" on any spectacular play resulting in a touchdown. This started in 1991 during a Monday Night Football game between the Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium.

Also said, "Is this the dagger?" during the VCU vs Duke game during the 2007 NCAA tournament, when Eric Maynor made the final winning shot to knock Duke out in first round play.

On December 16, 2010, in a game between the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets, following a monstrous dunk by the Nuggets' JR Smith, Harlan exclaimed, "We just saw man fly! Ride 'em cowboy!"

On April 20, 2011 in a first round playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Hornets, former guard of the Hornets Chris Paul, had made two buzzer beater three-point shots, one in the second quarter and the other in the third quarter. When the third quarter buzzer beater was made, Harlan had said, "Paul, with a three! Good! Right between the eyes!"

Leading up to the start of the 2012–13 NBA season, his call of Derrick Rose's knee injury from the previous playoffs, "Holding onto his knee. Holding onto his knee and down", was used in Rose's adidas sneaker commercial.

In the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Harlan exclaimed "Ooooh! He drops the anvil!" when Chase Fieler made an alley-oop slam against the Georgetown Hoyas in FGCU's upset win.

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CBS Sports Announcer; NFL play-by-play. TNT Basketball Broadcaster. Has Announced the Final Four, Super Bowl, and World Series.

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Kevin Harlan Biography

Kevin Harlan (Born June 21, 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American television and radio sports announcer. The son of former Green Bay Packers executive Bob Harlan, he currently broadcasts NFL and college basketball games on CBS. Harlan is also a play-by-play announcer for the NBA on TNT. Until 2008, Harlan was the voice of Westwood One Radio's Final Four coverage, which is heard on hundreds of radio stations nationwide. In 2009, he began serving as Westwood One's (now Dial Global Sports) lead announcer for Monday Night Football, calling his first Super Bowl in Super Bowl 45, thus joining Jim Nantz, Dick Enberg, and Curt Gowdy the only play-by-play announcers to call a Super Bowl and the Final Four. He joins Bob Papa as the only two play-by-play announcers to call the World Bowl and Super Bowl.

Harlan's broadcasting career began in 1982, when he became the TV and radio voice of the NBA's Kansas City Kings (now the Sacramento Kings). He then was a basketball announcer for his alma mater, the University of Kansas, for one year, then went on to call games for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs from 1985–93. Harlan also split time with the University of Missouri (1986–89) calling football and basketball games, and worked as the play-by-play voice of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves for nine seasons (1989–98). On the network level, Harlan called NFL football for NBC in 1991, college football for ESPN in 1992–93, NFL for Fox from 1994–97, and joined Turner Sports in 1996 to cover NBA playoff games (he would begin calling games throughout the entire season in 1997, which he continues to do to this day). He began working for CBS in 1998.

In addition, Harlan has called Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers preseason games; basketball games during the now-defunct Goodwill Games, which were owned by Time Warner; college sports on ESPN; and several bowl games during college football seasons. A Wisconsin native, Harlan attended the University of Kansas and graduated in 1982 with a broadcast journalism degree. He took sportscasting classes under the guidance of former Super Bowl and Chiefs play-by-play voice Tom Hedrick.

He has also lent his voice on the NBA 2K video game series. Curiously, his voice is similar to fellow NBA on TNT announcer Marv Albert that 2K Sports turned to him as a play-by-play announcer for said video game, in response to Albert being the voice on competitor EA Sports' NBA Live series.

Harlan's creative banter includes lines such as: "Buckle up for..." (when any NBA player is about to slam dunk the ball), "Right between the eyes!", "He just sucked the gravity right out of the building!", "He's a flamethrower!", "He is an assassin", "Flight (jersey number) is cleared for landing!", "Up high...and down hard! (followed by the player's first and last name)", and "Good!". Harlan has also been known to exclaim "(Kobe Bryant/LeBron James), with no regard for human life!" after an especially devastating play.The most well known are a dunk by Kobe Bryant against the New York Knicks in 2003 and the LeBron James dunk on Kevin Garnett in the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals. "LeBron James, with no regard for human life!"

In a 2003 playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves, Kobe Bryant performed a reverse windmill dunk over several defenders to which Harlan responded, "Buckle up for Kobe Bryant! Kobe Bryant just sucked the gravity out of the Target Center!" During a playoff game in 2005 between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks, the Rockets' Tracy McGrady drove to the rim and threw down a vicious one handed facial on the Mavericks' Shawn Bradley, and Kevin Harlan said, "Here comes McGrady--OH, he just sucked the gravity right out of the building! What a play by T-Mac!" Although this line is most commonly associated with McGrady's dunk, Harlan actually used the same line for a Keon Clark dunk in a 2002 Raptors-Mavericks game. Coincidentally, the Keon Clark dunk was also on Shawn Bradley.

As a Kansas City Chiefs announcer, he would often exclaim "Oh baby, what a play!" on any spectacular play resulting in a touchdown. This started in 1991 during a Monday Night Football game between the Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium.

Also said, "Is this the dagger?" during the VCU vs Duke game during the 2007 NCAA tournament, when Eric Maynor made the final winning shot to knock Duke out in first round play.

On December 16, 2010, in a game between the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets, following a monstrous dunk by the Nuggets' JR Smith, Harlan exclaimed, "We just saw man fly! Ride 'em cowboy!"

On April 20, 2011 in a first round playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Hornets, former guard of the Hornets Chris Paul, had made two buzzer beater three-point shots, one in the second quarter and the other in the third quarter. When the third quarter buzzer beater was made, Harlan had said, "Paul, with a three! Good! Right between the eyes!"

Leading up to the start of the 2012–13 NBA season, his call of Derrick Rose's knee injury from the previous playoffs, "Holding onto his knee. Holding onto his knee and down", was used in Rose's adidas sneaker commercial.

In the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Harlan exclaimed "Ooooh! He drops the anvil!" when Chase Fieler made an alley-oop slam against the Georgetown Hoyas in FGCU's upset win.

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  • How to book Kevin Harlan?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kevin Harlan 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 Kevin Harlan, 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 Kevin Harlan or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Kevin Harlan?

    Booking fees for Kevin Harlan, 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 Kevin Harlan, 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 Kevin Harlan?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kevin Harlan 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 Kevin Harlan 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 Kevin Harlan or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kevin Harlan 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.

Kevin Harlan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Kevin Harlan for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Kevin Harlan generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Greg Gumbel, Joe Buck, Craig Sager, Stephen A. Smith and Tom Jackson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kevin Harlan for an upcoming event.

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