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Ian Darke Biography, Age, Salary, Net Worth, SPN, NBC

Ian Darke is an English association football and boxing commentator who currently works for BT Sport and ESPN. He was previously one of Sky’s “Big Four” football commentators together with Martin Tyler, Alan Parry and Rob Hawthorne. Darke was also the main commentator for Sky’s big boxing fights and along with Jim Watt, covered some of the biggest fights involving British boxers.

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Ian Darke Biography

Ian Darke is an English association football and boxing commentator who currently works for BT Sport and ESPN. He was previously one of Sky’s “Big Four” football commentators together with Martin Tyler, Alan Parry and Rob Hawthorne. Darke was also the main commentator for Sky’s big boxing fights and along with Jim Watt, covered some of the biggest fights involving British boxers.

Ian Darke Age

Ian Darke was born in 1950 in Britain.

Ian Darke Salary and Net Worth

The talented commentator for BT Sport and ESPN has a net worth of $2 million. He recieves an annual salary of $100,000 U.S. dollars as an employee of ESPN and BT Sport.

Ian Darke Sky Sports

Darke worked for nearly ten years on BBC Radio covering athletics, boxing and football, before moving to Sky Sports in 1992 to commentate on the newly formed FA Premier League. Darke was the number two to lead commentator Martin Tyler and was the main commentator for Ford Monday Night Football.

As Sky’s boxing coverage expanded in 1995 (to the point where the sport virtually disappeared from terrestrial screens), Darke switched permanently to be their main boxing commentator, his role on Monday Night Football being taken by Rob Hawthorne. Darke was one of the Sky commentators for Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, the fight known for being the one where Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield’s ear.

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Nearly ten years later, after boxing promoter Frank Warren took his fighters to ITV, Sky’s boxing output was significantly reduced, freeing up Ian Darke for a return to ‘live’ football (although he had commentated on matches for an international audience and had been heard on Sky covering some Champions League matches). Darke commentated on matches like the 2005 Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool. He enjoyed a prolific Sky Sports career with commentaries for Premier League, UEFA Champions League and Football League matches and also maintaining his boxing commitments.

Ian Darke Espn

Sky did not receive rights to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in 2010 and Darke was hired to be an ESPN commentator for their coverage of the World Cup for the American market and he became known to the American public as the English-language commentator for Landon Donovan’s last-second goal for the United States against Algeria that kept Team USA in the tournament.

Despite beginning the 2010-2011 Premier League season with Sky in the UK, he was offered a three-year contract to join ESPN in the U.S. as their voice of the Premier League. Darke accepted the offer. He later expanded his duties to commentate on MLS games, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he was their lead commentator and called the final.

Darke partnered with Julie Foudy to lead ESPN’s coverage of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and commentated another American tournament-saving goal – Abby Wambach’s last-second header against Brazil in the quarterfinals – before teaming with Taylor Twellman (for Team USA’s games) and Steve McManaman (for other games, including those featuring England and the final between Germany and Argentina) during the 2014 World Cup.

The fact that Ian Darke has commentated enthusiastically for MLS and for both the US Men’s and Women’s National Teams has led The American Outlaws to create a chant named “Ian Darke, you are a Yank” and the Men in Blazers (Michael Davies and Roger Bennett) to name him “Sir Ian Darke”.

Ian Darke ESPN Presentations

ESPN Presentations

Event

Broadcast Years

FIFA World Cup

2010, 2014

FIFA Women’s World Cup

2011

FIFA Confederations Cup

2013

Premier League

2010–2013

US Men’s National Soccer Team Friendlies

2010–Present

US Women’s National Soccer Team Friendlies

2011–Present

UEFA European Championship

2012, 2016

Ian Darke BT Sport

At the start of the 2013–2014 Premier League season, Darke joined the BT Sport team as a commentator for English Premier League matches. Ian can also be heard on the Premier League world feed. He commentated on the 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019 FA Cup final.