James 'JB' Brown
Host of Super Bowl XLIV, CBS's THE NFL TODAY, Showtime's INSIDE THE NFL and AARP’s Community Ambassador.
James Brown serves as host for the CBS Television Network's NFL pre-game show, "The NFL Today," along with analysts Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, Boomer Esiason, Charley Casserly, and Bill Cowher. He hosted the Network's Super Bowl pre-game show in 2007 for its coverage of Super Bowl XLI in Miami. JB also serves as host of "Inside the NFL" on Showtime alongside Phil Simms, Cris Collinsworth, and Warren Sapp.
James is a co-founder and principal of the Brown Technology Group, a certified minority-owned and -operated information technology company, and is a founding partner of the Washington Nationals.
Throughout his career, JB has earned numerous awards, including:
-Three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Studio Host for "The NFL Today" (2007)"FOX NFL Sunday" (1998, 1999)
-2002 recipient of the International Black Broadcasters Association's Broadcasting Excellence Award
-1999 Sportscaster of the Year (Studio Host) by the American Sportscaster Association
-1998 Golden Mike Award by the Black Broadcasters Alliance
-Two NATAS Emmys (DC chapter), including the Glenn Brenner Award for excellence in sportscasting (1998), and the Quarterback Club of Washington's Sportscaster of the Year Award (1996)
-2005 Director's Award for Broadcasting from The 100 Black Men of America
-Greater Washington Urban League's Sam Lacy Award 2005
-The first annual Pat Summerall Award in 2006
-2007 Maxwell Football Club's Excellence in Broadcasting Award
-Dallas All Sports Association Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism
No stranger to charitable efforts, JB hosts the Players' Gala, featuring "The JB Awards," where NFL players are honored for their outstanding community service. The event raises $1 million annually for Special Olympics DC. He has also worked on behalf of Darrell Green's Youth Life Foundation, the Neimann Pick Disease Foundation and the Marrow Foundation, among numerous other charities and foundations.
He served as host of "FOX NFL Sunday" for 12 years prior to returning to CBS Sports. He joined FOX Sports in June 1994 after a decade with CBS Sports. Brown hosted "Hang Time With James Brown" on Sporting News Radio. For more than a decade, he was a correspondent for HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" and a boxing host for some of the biggest championship boxing matches in history for HBO pay-per-view.
JB first joined CBS Sports in 1984, where he served as play-by-play announcer for the network's NFL and college basketball coverage as well as reporter for the NBA Finals. He also was host of an afternoon show, the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, and the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. While at CBS, he was also co-host of "CBS Sports Saturday/Sunday," a weekend anthology series.
His sportscasting career began in Washington, D.C., as play-by-play announcer for the NBA Washington Bullets for Home Team Sports. Early in his career, he hosted a midday program on WTEM, an all-sports radio station, co-hosted two weekly Washington-area sports programs, was sports anchor for WUSA-TV for six years, and hosted "James Brown's Pro Football Preview" for SportsFan Radio.
JB graduated from Harvard with a degree in American Government. A standout on the basketball court, he received All-Ivy League honors in his last three seasons at Harvard University and captained the team during his senior year. He was selected as a fourth-round draft pick by the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and a seventh-round pick by the Denver Nuggets. In 1996, JB was inducted into the Harvard Hall of Fame.
JB resides with his wife, Dorothy, in Maryland. Their daughter, Katrina, and her husband, John, have a daughter, Kaela.