It was both an introduction of a new member of the YES Network ... and a great piece of live television.
Setting the stage: Just before play resumed in the second quarter, Meghan Triplett appeared courtside with a young member of the YES team and the Eagle family. Noah Eagle, however, was curiously adorned with a headset as if he was ready to go to work.
Eagle, 27, is scheduled to begin his YES career as a Nets play-by-play announcer at Barclays Center Saturday, following in his father Ian’s well-worn footsteps. So why the headset? That mystery was quickly solved...
Yep, he’s ready to go.
As C.J. Holmes writes Friday, Noah may be over the moon and thrilled to be carrying on a family tradition, but he also well prepared.
Noah, who turns 27 this month, spent the past four NBA seasons as the radio voice of the Los Angeles Clippers. He left this year to become the play-by-play announcer for NBC’s “Big Ten Saturday Night,” a primetime college-football broadcast that debuted this fall.
At the same time, YES was looking to find talent to replace Ian Eagle and Ryan Ruocco in March when the two will call March Madness at the men’s and women’s tournaments. Need, meet opportunity. With Noah back in New York for the Big Ten gig, YES producer Jared Boshnack reached out to get him to call 10 games, mostly in March.
“It’s a challenge because obviously he’s so well known, certainly in this market, and even nationally, so everything I do is going to be a natural comparison,” Noah told Holmes. “I know that, and I’m OK with that. If I wasn’t, then I wouldn’t be in this. I think that’s kind of a misconception, maybe, that some people have, that I’m trying to run away from it. I’m not. I’m running towards it. I’m happy to be a part of him. I’m happy to be a legacy of his because he’s treated people incredibly well, he’s worked his tail off and he’s really good at what he does.”
Dad is, of course, excited as well, noting that sharing a profession is not the foundation stone of their relationship.
“That’s not the lead story of our father-son dynamic,” Ian told The News. “That’s part of it, but it has brought a whole other avenue of discussion because we can relate to one another as colleagues, not just as family members. But I try to explain to people that this was not fodder at the dinner table. We weren’t practicing calls of the next course that was being served. ‘Here comes the pasta!’ That never happened and never will.”
Noah’s interest in calling games started when Ian was calling the Jason Kidd Nets as a very young child. Blessed with extraordinary “pipes” and knowledge of the sport, he would also show up at Nets games to watch his father prepare. He also attended events like Media Day at HSS Training Center.
Then, in 2019, after graduating from Syracuse, Noah went cross country for the Clippers job.
“It probably turned out to be the best thing to happen to him, that he went to a market where he could be himself,” Ian said. “There were no comparisons on a day-to-day basis. Most people in L.A. are focused on the beach and the sunshine, and not the Clippers’ radio play-by-play man. He just got to do his job and improve and evolve.”
Since then, in addition to his work with the NBA and college football, Noah is the play-by-play voice of Nickelodeon’s kid-focused NFL telecasts, through which he’s set to call the Super Bowl in February, per Holmes.
Now, Noah will once again face a new challenge, this time close to home ... literally.
“I don’t really think I have a singular or even a couple of goals,” Noah said. “I think my main goal is to always just challenge myself and have fun in the assignments that I’m doing, which I’ve done to this point, and keep trying new things.”
- Noah Eagle on following dad Ian Eagle as YES Network’s new Nets announcer and carving his own path ($) - C.J. Holmes
- Ian and Noah Eagle open up about family dynamics, differing broadcast styles - Steve Serby - New York Post
- Voice of the Nets: Noah Eagle’s life in broadcasting, covering the Nets, and more (Video) - Chris Carrino - Brooklyn Nets