Jim Barbar has been with ESPN since 1995 as a play-by-play commentator for a number of college sports, including baseball, basketball and football, Little League World Series baseball and the USA Ultimate college championships on ESPN3.
Prior to ESPN, Barbar handled college basketball play-by-play duties in the Big Ten for Raycom Sports, the NCAA soccer championships, minor league baseball and minor league hockey. In addition, he has hosted Big Ten coaches shows, worked as a sports reporter and sports anchor and hosted a nightly sports talk program. He has also been a studio host for the NCAA for various tournament pairing shows and has done voice-over work on the association’s year-in-review show.
Barbar also has a unique distinction of holding certification for problem gambling counseling, having worked with hundreds of clients in need, and has experience in helping to counsel alcohol and drug dependent clients as well.
He graduated in 1976 from Purdue Calumet with a bachelor of arts in communications He currently resides in Indianapolis.