The elevation of sporting activities beyond just the exhibition of physical prowess and creative skill is achieved by commentators who lend a human voice to the ongoing action, connecting the viewer with the emotions exhibited on the field of play. Through this work, many men and women have become celebrated personalities and one of them is Daniel Shulman, who is more popularly referred to as Dan Shulman.
As a commentator, he has made his name working on college basketball and MLB baseball coverage for ESPN. A play by play reporter, Shulman has been working as a sportscaster since he was in university when he became the voice of his university’s team on a local radio station.
Now a bona fide star, Dan Shulman has elevated his name in the pantheon of sportscasters in America. We explore his career journey and other details you should know about him below.
Dan Shulman was born on the 9th of February, 1967 in Toronto, Ontario to parents whose names are yet to be made public. We do not know much of his familial and childhood life but we know that he completed high school and headed over to the University of Western Ontario where he studied actuarial science.
However, before he graduated, a fortunate incident pulled Dan Shulman towards broadcasting and he has made a career of it ever since. His first broadcasting experience came at the University where he began to provide the voice commentary for his school’s football and basketball team, the Western Mustangs on local radio at CHRW Radio.
After he impressed enough with his performance at CHRW, Dan Shulman got another opportunity at CKBB, a local community television station where he did the play-by-play for the local junior B hockey team.
Having graduated, Dan Shulman focused on life as a broadcaster and was employed by a sports radio media outlet, Fan 1430 as the host of one of its shows, Prime Time Sports. Along with his role for Fan 1430, he also covered the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway for the CTV Television Network, with a primary focus on hockey. The early days of his career also included covering the 1994 World Championships of Basketball.
In 1995, Dan Shulman’s career rose further when he was hired by TSN to become its play-by-play voice for the coverage of its Toronto Blue Jays games. He went on to work for TSN for seven years, during which time, he also worked in other roles such as calling the play-by-play for NHL Hockey and NBA Basketball. His other roles also included CHL games and coverage of the World Series. After leaving TSN in 2002, Dan returned to the network in 2011 as an analyst and contributor.
Dan Shulman took another step forward with his career after seven years at TSN and joined ESPN. With ESPN, he continued to play the roles he played for TSN, covering games in baseball, and hockey, with the addition of college basketball. He also called NBA games for the network.
His contract with ESPN also afforded him a chance to work with Sportsnet where he worked on the coverage of the Toronto Blue Jays and as a host of the podcast, Swing and a Belt with Dan Shulman.
Family Life of The Sportscaster
Being a sportscaster can be a very demanding job due to the busy nature of the role and as a result, creating and nurturing a family can be quite a challenge. For a while, Dan Shulman, who was married to a woman named Sarah, was able to combine the demands of both aspects of his life, and both of them were able to raise a family, consisting of three children, Alex, Ben, and Matthew Shulman.
Sadly, Dan couldn’t maintain the balance for so long and the marriage came to an unfortunate end. Since his marriage to Sarah came to an end, Dan Shulman has made change in his professional life, including cutting back on some of his roles, such as the announcement of his exit from Sunday Night Baseball in 2017 in order to create a sustainable balance with his professional and personal life, which includes his second marriage to a woman whose identity is so far, unknown.
Other Interesting Facts About Dan Shulman
- Dan Shulman is Jewish and although he is not a sportsman, he has participated in the Maccabiah Games.
- He was named National Sportscaster of the Year in 2011 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
- He announced live on the 1st of May, 2011 during a baseball game broadcast that Osama Bin Laden has died.