Jason Benetti is an American sportscaster who does play-by-play on Chicago White Sox games. He works as a sportscaster for television networks like ESPN, Fox Sports, Westwood One, and Time Warner, covering a range of sports including football, baseball, lacrosse, hockey, and basketball.
Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy
Jason Benetti was born on September 9, 1983, in Illinois, USA. The 36-year-old was born 10 weeks prematurely and spent his first three weeks in a hospital. He contracted a respiratory illness while in intensive care and faced oxygen deprivation in his bloodstream. The ordeal is what is believed to have caused his early-onset cerebral palsy.
Due to his impaired coordination and movement, he abandoned his dream of playing tuba in his high school marching band and became a halftime broadcaster for the band.
Benetti attended Syracuse University in New York and became a commentator calling lacrosse and women's basketball games. He graduated from Syracuse in 2005 with degrees in broadcast journalism, economics, and psychology.
He pursued a law degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During his time at Wake Forest, he called High Point Panthers basketball, Syracuse Chiefs baseball, and high school football for Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.
Benetti started his career as an intern at the Chicago-licensed sports radio station, WSCR.
He joined ESPN as a play-by-play commentator in 2011, initially only calling college basketball games. He has since branched out and provided commentary on a litany of sports like college football, baseball, and lacrosse. He also calls the high school and college football, Major League Baseball, and NFL on ESPN Radio.
Benetti also provides play-by-play commentary on the MLB Statcast AI coverage of the Wild Card and Home Run Derby for ESPN.
Besides his obligations with ESPN, Benetti has broadcasting jobs with a litany of sports channels. He is a play-by-play college basketball announcer for Fox Sports 1. He also provides play-by-play and is an Olympics studio host at Westwood One.
Additionally, he has provided season play-by-play for the Big East Conference, High Point University, IMG College, Salem Avalanche, DePaul University, Wofford College, and Windy City ThunderBolts.
Besides that, he is the TV and radio play-by-play announcer for the Washington Nationals Triple-A affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs.
When he is not calling games, Benetti works in the CHAT (Communication Hope through Assistive Technology) initiative at his alma mater, Syracuse Univerisity. The educational initiative helps children with cerebral palsy to communicate. He was also an adjunct professor of sports broadcasting at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.
by shrijan, 16 Aug, 2020