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LOS ANGELES — The basketball game was postponed in the morning, meaning Joe Davis would not be on the air in the afternoon. This was in January in Ann Arbor, Mich., not far from his childhood home, but Davis kept his evening flight and headed early to the airport. If he could not call a game, why pass up a free day to study?

In two months, Davis would get the job of his dreams: the lead play-by-play voice for baseball on Fox, replacing Joe Buck, who left for ESPN. Buck has called the last 20 All-Star Games, but on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, Davis gets the assignment. He’ll be the lead voice for the World Series, too.

Davis, 34, has never been to an All-Star Game and has never worked the World Series. But it is safe to assume that nobody, at any age, has prepared more diligently for the chance. That afternoon at the airport lounge in Detroit, Davis watched four baseball broadcasts on his iPad — regular season and World Series, Buck and Vin Scully and Al Michaels.

He took notes, longhand on lined paper, as if he were still a student at Beloit College in Wisconsin preparing for a test:

“Never oversells — good to remember.”

“He was masterful, but he was masterful in ordinary ways, ways that I know how to execute: preparation, energy, curiosity, command.”

“Botched it! In Game 7! Great reminder not to be too hard on myself on mistakes.”

Davis has not made many on his path to filling the chairs of industry titans. He has been the full-time television voice of the Dodgers since Scully retired after the 2016 season, his 67th with the team. Now he takes over at Fox for Buck, who called the World Series 24 times, more than twice as many as any other television play-by-play man.

ImageDavis, second from right, joined the Dodgers broadcast team ahead of the 2016 season, working with, left to right, Orel Hershiser, Vin Scully and Nomar Garciaparra. When Scully retired, Davis took over the lead job.
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“I don’t think there will ever be another scenario where you replace someone like Vin Scully, and then you replace someone like Joe Buck,” said the Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, Fox’s lead baseball analyst. “So that’s not going to bother or scare him.”

Buck prepared for a broadcasting job all his life, tagging along at work with his father, Jack Buck, the Hall of Fame voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. Davis is the son of a high school football coach and, naturally, played quarterback through college. But he knew by eight years old that his future would be in the booth.

That was in 1996, when Gary Thorne enthralled Davis with a commanding voice that seemed to elevate the majesty of the Stanley Cup finals on ESPN. It was also Buck’s first year calling the World Series, and Davis can readily recite some of his memorable calls through the years.

“It’s just amazing, the little wrinkles he’s always ready for, and it never feels scripted from him,” Davis said of Buck. “When the moment happens, he captions it and captures it and gets out of the way.”

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Tyler KepnerListening to the calls

3 Announcers, 3 Dodgers Walk-Offs

Tyler Kepner

Tyler KepnerListening to the calls

Joe Davis joined the Dodgers’ broadcast team in 2015 and took over the lead job in 2017 after Vin Scully retired.

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The best broadcasters make their mark with both words and silence; Scully said nothing for more than three minutes after Ray Knight rumbled home on Bill Buckner’s error to end Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. When the Fox Sports executive Brad Zager first heard Davis’s work, about a decade ago, he noticed Davis’s nuanced understanding of the craft.

“There were two things: the actual tone of his voice, the cadence and all that, but also I was caught off guard by a young broadcaster who actually wasn’t over-talking,” Zager said. “He wasn’t being over-descriptive. With the college basketball reel I was watching, he was laying out on a big 3-pointer and letting the crowd be part of the broadcast. That’s stuff you usually teach to people as they grow in this business and do bigger events — let the moment breathe, don’t try to be the star — and he had it naturally. He was a student of the game.”

If Davis sounded like a natural, those studies had a lot to do with it. By knowing precisely what he wanted to be at a young age, he could plan a route to get there. Recruited for football by schools like Harvard, Brown and Amherst College, he chose Beloit largely for the broadcasting reps; after the fall season, he was free to do all the play-by-play he wanted, right away, for the basketball and baseball teams.

In the classroom, Davis took an independent-study course on voice with a theater instructor. In the dorm, he applied the lessons.


Credit…Kyle Grillot for The New York Times

“We’d go out on a Friday night, have a good time, a couple of beers, and there was Joe up in his room, watching baseball on YouTube, recording himself calling the game,” said Rick Krajewski, a college friend who now works in the booth with Davis. “We’d be like, ‘Hey, Joe, come on, let’s do something fun.’ And it was: ‘Nope, sorry guys, gotta do this.’”

Before his senior year, Davis landed a summer job at the microphone of the independent Schaumburg Flyers in Illinois. After graduating in 2010, he worked three seasons as the voice of the Montgomery Biscuits, the Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. After games, he would listen to his broadcasts and transcribe some parts; studying his words made him more concise.

By then, Davis had a network of colleagues to advise him — if only they could think of something to say. Joe Block, now a broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was working in the minors and running a website for job postings when he first heard Davis’s work. The kid was a can’t-miss prospect.

“It was ridiculous, just so polished and so good,” Block said. “The résumé said he was 19 years old, and we were astonished. We got in touch and I said, ‘I’ve got nothing for you, please remember me,’ something like that.”

Davis moved to ESPN in 2012 and to Fox two years later, adding a role with the Dodgers in 2015 and developing a rapport with the former pitcher Orel Hershiser, his regular partner on their telecasts. Along the way, Davis met Buck, who offered perspective on their profession: “If you get hit by a bus on your way to the stadium, they’re not going to hold a moment of silence for you.” Take the job seriously, in other words, but don’t carry yourself that way.

“You’ve done all that work and your chest is puffed up and you’ve got your best suit on and your best tie knot — and nobody cares,” Buck said. “They’re there to watch the game. So be able to laugh at yourself, be willing to not try to cram 30 pounds of stuff into a 10-pound bag. You have to be your own best editor and your own harshest editor.”

Calling the All-Star Game, Buck said, was always his most challenging night of the year. Frequent substitutions are tricky enough, but now players wear All-Star uniforms instead of their team’s colors, removing a big visual clue. The pacing of the game is also quicker than usual, with hitters more eager to swing than to work the count. That leaves less time to fit individual narratives into the broadcast.


Credit…Kyle Grillot for The New York Times

Davis likes weaving in stories, partly because Scully did it so well and he knew his Dodger audience would expect it, but also because it just makes for good television. Davis read books last winter on story structure, sharpening his delivery of the copious notes and nuggets he sorts into files on his phone and tablet.

“I’m interested to kind of see how it feels telling some of these stories in the World Series and in these huge games because you never want to get in the way of the next pitch,” Davis said. “Every next pitch can be the pitch.”

Davis, who is married with three young children, leans on Krajewski for statistics, mainly to spot trends and give context to the data. On a recent telecast in Cincinnati, Davis pointed out that the Reds’ Donovan Solano goes by “Donnie Barrels” because he hits line drives at a very high rate. No need to cite the specific figure and compare it to the norm.

“I have never given a barrel percentage,” Davis said. “I don’t want to turn it into math class.”

On Tuesday, before he inks the first box in the All-Star score book Buck passed down to him, Davis will introduce each of the players over the public-address system at Dodger Stadium. That will make Davis the master of ceremonies, of sorts, for baseball’s summer showcase and affirm his rise to the heady position Zager gave him four months ago.

“I’m here,” Zager said then, “to offer you a chance to be the voice of baseball.”


By: Tyler Kepner
Title: Meet the New Voice of Baseball
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Published Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2022 09:00:16 +0000

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’ – originally posted on

Here is everything you need to know about the single hardest puncher in boxing and the former world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. This includes his net worth, career earnings and endorsement deals.

Deontay Wilder Net Worth

Deontay Wilder has been a professional boxer since his debut back in November 2008. He has been boxing consistently for over 15 years straight now in the pro ranks, earning more and more money as his career has progressed up to world level.

The 1985-born boxing superstar is one of the most fearsome punchers the sport of boxing has ever seen. Deontay Wilder’s boxing record consists of 43 wins – 42 of which have come via knockout. The only man to go the distance with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder then knocked out in a round in their rematch.

As of December 2023, it is reported that Deontay Wilder’s net worth is somewhere in the region of $30 million (source: Celebrity Net Worth).

Of course, given the fact the Alabama man is supremely wealthy, he likes his fair share of luxury items too. Wilder has acquired real estate, expensive jewelry, flashy cars and various other assets that have contributed to his riches.

Wilder reportedly has eight kids in total from various relationships, including one with his current girlfriend Telli Swift. Evidently a fair amount of Wilder’s earnings in the ring is used on providing for his big family and loved ones. Be sure to see Deontay Wilder’s net worth continue to grow for the remainder of his career, as long as that lasts.

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Deontay Wilder Career Earnings

After 46 professional boxing fights, Deontay Wilder’s biggest fight purse is reported to have been around $28 million (source: Forbes). This was reportedly how much ‘The Bronze Bomber’ earned for his rematch bout with Tyson Fury back in February 2020.

Wilder went into the fight as the marginal favorite with the best offshore sportsbooks, given that he was still the reigning champion following his draw with Fury 14 months prior. Despite getting conclusively knocked out in Round 7 of the fight, this still remains the biggest purse of Wilder’s career to date.

Deontay Wilder has reportedly earned a total sum of around $95 million in his professional boxing career from his debut up to now. This is right up there with the likes of heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, and is more than the likes of Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis and Terence Crawford.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medallist has been earnings even figure purses ever since he became world heavyweight champion back in January 2015. Of his last 10 fights, just one has been less than seven figures (Washington – $900k). In fact, Wilder has earned around $80 million just from his last five fights.

See the full table below for a detailed breakdown of the purses Deontay Wilder has received for his last 10 fights. All in all, it is fair to say that the 38-year-old isn’t short of a dollar or two. His net worth, salary and fight purses will continue to rise as his career rolls on at world level.

Deontay Wilder Fight Purses (Last 10):

Fight Fight Purse
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3 $12 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 $28 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2 $20 million
Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz $2 million
Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne 2 $1.4 million
Deontay Wilder vs Gerald Washington $900,000
Deontay Wilder vs Chris Arreola $1.4 million

Deontay Wilder purse info per Sports Payouts & Sporting News

Deontay Wilder Endorsements & Sponsorship

Although the vast majority of Deontay Wilder’s earnings comes from prize fighting, he also earns an extremely lucrative sum of money outside of the ring. These vast endorsement deals from outside of the ring are a big player in boosting Wilder’s net worth and salary.

The 1985-born boxing phenom’s biggest endorsement deal as of today is his partnership with Everlast. Wilder has shown great loyalty to Everlast for several years during his boxing career, and still sports their boxing gear to this day. He also regularly uses Everlast boxing gloves in the ring for his world title fights, as well as during training camps.

Some of Deontay Wilder’s other endorsements include his partnerships with PureKana CBD, Raising Cane’s and IHC Crypto. There is not much else known about Wilder’s endorsements and sponsors outside of his career as a boxer.

All in all, Deontay Wilder’s various sponsorships certainly help boost his net worth. Per Forbes, he reportedly earns an estimated $500,000 per annum through endorsements. Ultimately though it is punching people in the face for a living that pays ‘The Bronze Bomber’ the most money.

Be sure to claim the various sports betting apps bonuses and boxing free bets available on the SportsLens site ahead of Deontay Wilder’s next fight.

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