“I always loved calling baseball. It has always been my favorite sport,” said current Tampa Spartans broadcaster Scott Lynn. With that said, Lynn had never gotten the chance to announce baseball games until he was appointed to call UT baseball by sports information director Tom Kolbe this past summer.
Lynn was also appointed to call the men’s basketball team’s games during this past season along with announcing the men’s basketball team at Eckerd College. In addition, Lynn also called the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) men’s basketball tournament.
“I was extremely impressed after looking at his resume, but still had a commitment to our other broadcasters. I was able to explain to Scott that we would eventually work him into our rotation, without pushing any of our other highly-skilled broadcasters out.
We were able to do this with baseball, and will also be able to use his services for basketball next season. We are extremely fortunate to have Scott as a member of our team, and his outstanding accomplishments are a perfect fit with the success of our athletic teams,” said Kolbe.
Lynn is notorious for his successful sports media career in the Pacific Northwest, as he was the face and voice of the Portland sports landscape alongside the NBA’s Trailblazers, for whom he did radio play-by-play during the 2013-2014 season. Lynn’s sports media career did start in Tampa, as he served as sports director for WTSP channel 10 from 1978 to 1980 before spending over three decades in Portland.
From 1980 to 1989, he was the lead TV sports anchor and sports director for KGW, Portland’s NBC affiliate. After, he served as the sports director of KEX, one of the region’s premiere radio stations for 25 years.
During that 25 year period, Lynn also did play-by-play for Oregon State University as he called men’s and women’s basketball for the Beaver Sports Network on top of announcing college basketball games for Fox Sports Northwest. From 1985 to 1995, Lynn was a seven-time recipient of the Oregon Sportscaster of the Year award.
Lynn describes the influence that Portland has had during his sports media career. “I did everything that I wanted to do in Portland. That’s where I made my career,” said Lynn.
Lynn’s interest in baseball started at a young age when he played strat o’matic baseball, which was an old school version of fantasy baseball.
It consisted of people who are in charge of controlling the personnel decisions of their team. In fact, they would roll dice to determine the ratings of their players that are printed onto a player card.
After, they would have to cross reference dice rolls with a system of charts and tables. In other words, this was a baseball fan’s equivalent to being a general manager in the major leagues, due to the fact that they control the day-to-day operations of the club.
Currently, Lynn announces for the baseball team along with University of Wisconsin alum Jack Eich. Lynn discusses how UT was appealing to him in his job search.
“I was intrigued by UT because of the success that they have had during the Joe Urso era. He has done such a great job.” It wasn’t just the constant success of the baseball team that drew Lynn to UT, it was his passion for the game and the uncertainty that Division II baseball brought to the table.
“I was doing it to stay involved and have fun. You never know what is going to happen. One game you can have ten errors and have zero the next game,” said Lynn.
Due to his never-ending love for baseball and for broadcasting, Lynn plans on staying at UT as a play-by-play announcer in the future. “I am hoping to stay involved with UT athletics for the years to come,” said Lynn.
Kolbe confirms that Lynn is a part of their future plans. “Scott has been an excellent addition to the broadcasts we offer on TampaSpartans.tv. We are excited about the future of our broadcasts, and Scott is a major part of our long-term plan.”
Phil Novotny can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org