Ryan Ruocco is an American sportscaster for both television and radio, is renowned for his work as a play-by-play announcer for various sports leagues, including the NBA and WNBA on ESPN, the YES Network’s New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets, and boxing events broadcasted on DAZN. He is also the host of the podcast R2C2 on The Ringer’s podcast network alongside former Yankees all-star pitcher CC Sabathia. Previously, he was the co-host of the Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show on ESPN Radio 98.7 FM.
Ryan Ruocco was born on 18th November 1986 and hails from Fishkill, New York. He completed his education at Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York, and at Fordham University.
Ryan Ruocco Career
Ruocco serves as the backup play-by-play television commentator for the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Yankees. He became a member of the Nets broadcasting crew in 2011 and additionally covered certain college basketball games for YES. Ruocco was also the host of This Week in Football for the YES Network, which centered on the New York Giants and Jets, where he was joined by Howard Cross, Gary Myers, and Ross Tucker as analysts. Ruocco initially joined the network in 2007, taking on the statistician role for the New York Yankees.
Ruocco’s debut as the lead play-by-play announcer for the YES Network occurred in June 2015, when he covered a series between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros. In the 2019 baseball season, Ruocco became the primary commentator for the New York Yankees on the YES Network. Apart from his regular Yankees broadcasts, he substituted for Michael Kay, the YES Network’s play-by-play commentator, who was undergoing vocal cord surgery. Additionally, he took over for John Sterling, a renowned radio sportscaster, on WFAN, as Sterling took a break after covering 5,060 consecutive Yankees games since 1989.
He is employed by both ESPN and ESPN New York 98.7 FM. He contributed to The Michael Kay Show and was a substitute host on multiple ESPN Radio programs. Before 2008, he became a host for ESPN Radio and anchored SportsCenter for the network. He also worked as a correspondent for the NFL Network and called college football and basketball games for ESPN Radio. Since 2013, He has been one of four play-by-play announcers for The NFL on ESPN Radio, alongside Marc Kestecher, Sean McDonough, and Bill Rosinski.
He is responsible for providing the television play-by-play commentary for NBA on ESPN games and WNBA on ESPN. Ryan is the lead play-by-play broadcaster for the WNBA, in charge of the commentary. In 2020, Ryan made history by being the first play-by-play announcer to use appropriate pronouns for Layshia Clarendon, a non-binary player for the New York Liberty, while describing their baskets and rebounds. This groundbreaking move helped pave the way for greater gender inclusivity in the sporting world.
Rise to Fame
He is one of the co-hosts of R2C2, a podcast on The Ringer’s podcast network that is available on Spotify. His co-host is CC Sabathia, a former all-star pitcher for the New York Yankees. They invite celebrity and athlete guests to join them for diverse discussions. Additionally, as a student at Fordham University, Ruocco provided commentary for Rams football and basketball games on WFUV.
Ryan Ruocco was ranked seventh in The Big Lead’s “40 Under 40: Sports Media Talents” list in 2019, where he was in the company of Tony Romo from CBS and Joe Davis from Fox Sports. The Big Lead praised Ruocco’s abilities and predicted his bright future. With the addition of DAZN boxing to his repertoire, Ruocco is expected to achieve even more. He can capture significant moments like Mike Breen and is a strong contender to replace him as the commentator for the NBA Finals. Furthermore, Ruocco is considered the likely successor to be the voice of the New York Yankees.
Ryan Ruocco Biography
|Real Name||Ryan P. Ruocco|
|Birth Date||18 November 1986|
|Age (as of 2023)||36 Years|
|Birth Place||Fishkill, New York, United States|
|College||Fordham University, Loyola University Maryland|
|Height||in feet inches – 5’ 11” – in Centimeters – 180 cm|
|Weight||in Kilograms – 82 kg – in Pounds – 180 lbs|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Who is his wife?||Andrea Ferzoco|
In January 2019, Ryan got engaged to Andrea Ferzoco, who works in private equity. They exchanged wedding vows in November 2020 in a private ceremony. Their daughter, Everly, was born in September 2021, with Andrea as the proud mother.
Ryan Ruocco can be found on social media platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. In addition, he has been featured on his IMDb page. His life story, which started with his work as a stadium announcer and his time at Hackley School, has been covered by numerous media outlets, including The New York Post, as he has made his way onto national and international television screens.
Ryan Ruocco Net Worth
Ryan Ruocco’s successful career in the sports and television industry and his role as an ESPN FM radio personality have earned him considerable income. Based on current estimates as of March 2023, his net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $4 million.