Mike Crispino Liberty & Knicks Play-By-Play Announcer, Giants Host

Since joining MSG in 1992, Mike Crispino has worked in a number of roles covering everything from professional basketball and hockey to collegiate and high school athletics. Crispino now serves as the New York Liberty play-by-play announcer and calls a number of New York Knicks games each season. He is also host of MSG Networks’ coverage of the New York Giants on “Giants Opening Drive Live” when the team is on the road during the NFL season.

In addition to his work at MSG, Crispino has served as one of ESPN's play-by-play announcers for U.S. Open Tennis as well as the network’s coverage of the U.S. Open Golf Championship. Crispino has also called the PGA Championship for the PGA of America and NCAA football on Versus/NBC Sports Network.

At ESPN from 2002-2006, Crispino covered Major League Lacrosse, NCAA football, basketball and wrestling, and was heard on ESPN radio as the play-by-play announcer for St. John’s Men’s Basketball. Crispino has also hosted “College Football Saturday” and NCAA baseball regional games for CSTV and NBA-TV’s “Gamenight.” In 2008 he called basketball games for NBC’s Olympics coverage in Beijing.

Prior to his time with MSG, Crispino oversaw sports news and special programs as the sports director of WLVI-TV in Boston from 1988-92. Crispino’s sports department at WLVI was named the “Best in New England” by the Associated Press in 1989 and 1990. During that time he also contributed play-by-play duties for college basketball games on ESPN, while calling college football, boxing, baseball and lacrosse for the New England Sports Network (NESN). 

Crispino is a five-time Emmy winner, which includes his coverage of the 21st annual Colgate Women’s Games.  In 1996 he was the first person to interview Dwight Gooden after his no-hitter as part of MSG’s New York Emmy Award-winning coverage.  Crispino has also won two New England Emmy Awards – for “Outstanding Sportscast” and “Best Play-by-Play for Boston Celtics play-by-play” – and was honored with the “Best of Gannett” award for reporting in 1991.

A saxophone player and an expert on jazz music, Crispino is a graduate of Long Island University with a degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice, and also received a Master’s Degree in Educational Media from Simmons College in 1976. He lives with his wife Jean, daughter Sara and son Mac in Southport, Connecticut.