The Next Generation of Sports Broadcasting: Introducing Chris Caray

Chris Caray
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Updated Feb. 21, 2024: Chris Caray, the great-grandson of Harry Caray, will call A’s games for NBC Sports California.

He had been working as a play-by-play announcer — along with his twin bro Stefan — for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Double-A affiliate, the Amarillo Sod Poodles.

Caray is the son of Chip, and grandson of Skip — both of whom appear on this list.

The term “nepo baby” has worked its way into the general zeitgeist, as more and more Americans became aware that many high-profile jobs are the result of who, not what, you know. Noah Eagle, son of longtime broadcaster Ian Eagle, called his first NFL game — a 28-14 Atlanta Falcons victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 16, 2022.

Noah Eagle is only 25 and already being thrust into the spotlight — most likely because of who his dad is. (Unless you think his star shone so brightly at Nickelodeon). His talent isn’t in question; it’s just a question of whether he would be in this position if he wasn’t Ian’s son.

Nepotism may be looked down upon in most workplaces, but it seems like you need to have a famous relative in order to get a sports broadcasting gig. Be it play-by-play or color commentary, in-studio, or on the sidelines, the children of these famous broadcasters likely jumped to the head of the line because of who their dads were.

Here’s a look at how some of the young faces in sports broadcasting got their foot in a door (with some help from dad and his friends along the way).