ESPN New York Radio Host & Play-by-Play Commentator
Ryan Ruocco joined ESPN in 2008. He was most recently named to serve as the lead play-by-play commentator for Women’s College Basketball alongside Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe. Ruocco is a primary play-by-play announcer for ESPN’s NBA coverage and has served as the lead play-by-play commentator for the network’s WNBA coverage since 2013. Ruocco’s resume also includes periodic NFL play-by-play on ESPN Radio as well as college football play-by-play on ESPN’s television networks. Earlier in his career, Ruocco co-hosted ESPN New York Radio’s mid-day show.
In addition to his ESPN coverage, Ruocco is a long-time commentator for the YES Network. Ruocco is a primary play-by-play commentator for the Brooklyn Nets telecasts and fills a variety of roles on New York Yankees telecasts, including play-by-play, pre- and post-game hosting, and clubhouse reporting. Ruocco earned individual New York Emmy nominations in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 for his Yankees and Nets coverage on YES.
Ruocco is the co-host of The Ringer’s R2C2 podcast on Spotify alongside former New York Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia.
A native of New York, Ruocco is a 2008 graduate of Fordham University where he majored in communications. He was deeply involved in Fordham’s highly regarded radio station, WFUV, where he hosted New York’s longest-running sports call-in show, “One on One”. Ruocco served as a play-by-play broadcaster and color commentator for Fordham basketball, football, and baseball. In 2008, Fordham honored Ruocco as the winner of the prestigious Marty Glickman Award, named for the legendary play-by-play announcer.