National basketball analyst Debbie Antonelli

  • Thursday, October 31, 2013

Debbie Antonelli interviews Pat Summitt after her 900 career win. PHOTO PROVIDED


Debbie Antonelli.


Husband Frank; three sons


I am a national basketball analyst for ESPN, CBS, Raycom Sports, Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network. This is my 26th year on the air covering men’s and women’s college basketball.

Philanthropy/Volunteer work

My husband (Frank) and I are putting together a foundation: “Frankie and Friends.” This foundation is the platform for our son Frankie to speak against bullying. Frankie is a ninth grade student at Wando and has been all over the country spreading the word about why it’s important to make good choices, treat everyone with respect and not use the “R” word. We pledge to stop the R” word by supporting www.r-word.org. Frankie has spoken at assemblies in Kansas (1,500 peers), St. John’s University in New York City (500 college students), Cario Middle School (460 peers) East Cary Middle School (600 peers) and Moultrie Middle School (Women in Charge Club) I serve on the Board of Directors for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. We raise money for research thru the Kay Yow Cancer Fund ($8 million since 2007) and I assist in selecting the annual induction class into the womens’ basketball hall of fame.


I attended North Carolina State University graduating with a double major in Business Management and Economics. I have a masters degree in Sports Administration from Ohio University.

How did you get to where you are today? I knew basketball would always be a part of my life but wasn’t sure if that path would be thru Sports Administration as an Athletic Director, a coach or a broadcaster. I knew I would be in the game because of my passion for basketball. After 26 years of working in TV, I can’t imagine being involved in another way at this moment.

I carved my own path. In beginning of my career, there were not many opportunities for women in college basketball. The only game on TV was the national championship in the 80s. I worked, marketed and sold advertising to create my own TV broadcasting schedule early in my career. Today, I average 80 college basketball games the last 12 years and I don’t have any home games, all my games are on the road.

What is your life philosophy?

My philosophy is: to get what you want, you have to help others get what they want.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by my three boys and my husband to do the best I can each day while balancing family and career.

Who is your mentor?

One of my mentors was my college basketball coach at NC State and Naismith Hall of Famer, Kay Yow. She fought a 28 year battle with breast cancer. She inspired me to build, serve and maintain the right attitude so I will make the right choices in family and career.

Best advice youhave ever been given? Some of the best advice I have been given is to work hard, don’t assume anything and enjoy each moment.

What do you do to relax, hobbies?

There isn’t much down time raising a family. There isn’t much downtime because of the demands of my job. That’s perfectly okay with me because there is much I have yet to accomplish. I love to play golf when I can find the time. Honestly, I’m not looking for extra time for me at this point in my life.

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