Early life and career
Macatee was born in Rome, New York, and grew up in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Burges High School in El Paso. In 1978, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.
While in college, Macatee worked at KLTV-TV in Tyler, Texas as well as KTVV-TV in Austin, Texas. He became Sports Director at KBMT-TV in Beaumont, Texas where he was hired by Bill Paradoski. Following that he worked at KMBC-TV in Kansas City before spending 3 years at WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas. Macatee was hired by NBC Sports and moved to New York in 1982.
In 1982, Macatee began his network sports broadcasting career with NBC, and was the youngest network sportscaster in the industry. With NBC Sports, he covered a wide range of events including Wimbledon, the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the World Series. He hosted NBC's Major League Baseball Game of the Week pre-game show for 4 years as well as numerous events for the network's sports anthology show, NBC Sportsworld. Additionally, Macatee served as the sports correspondent for the Today Show and anchor for NBC News at Sunrise and Sunday Today. He also co-anchored the syndicated show USA Today on TV.
Career since 1990
Macatee joined USA Network as a sportscaster in 1990. From 1991 until 2006, Macatee anchored coverage of the PGA Tour and hosted the network's Thursday/Friday coverage of The Masters from Butler Cabin as well as coverage of the Ryder Cup. His other duties included play-by-play for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships and the French Open at Roland Garros.
Since joining CBS Sports in 1995, Macatee has served as a tower announcer and handled post-round, network interviews for The Masters and PGA Championship. He also substitutes for Jim Nantz during other PGA Tour events and has anchored CBS' coverage of the LPGA Championship and various Champions Tour events. In 2015, Macatee became the host of the Golf Channel series, "Greatest Rounds".
Additionally, Macatee serves as the main play-by-play voice and studio host for the cable network Tennis Channel, covering the Australian Open, The French Open (French Open Tonight), Wimbledon (Wimbledon Primetime) and the U.S. Open.
From 1998 through 2013, he did play-by-play for the NFL on CBS. He has also called NCAA Basketball for CBS Sports including the NCAA Tournament and the NCAA Division II Championship Game. He has done network play-by-play in sports as diverse as figure skating, skiing, track-and-field, gymnastics, boxing and even sumo wrestling.
Macatee has twice served as a network host for the Olympics. He co-anchored weekend coverage of the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan for CBS Sports and the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy for USA.
In 2013, Macatee joined The Vistria Group, a Chicago private equity firm, serving as a Senior Advisor. He is on the Board of Directors for Media Source, Inc., the USTA Foundation, as well as the Board of Directors for the City of Dallas, Convention and Visitor's Bureau, serving on the Dallas Sports Commission.
Macatee spent 2 years as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Chapman University in Southern California, teaching Sports Media at the prestigious Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Macatee serves on the Board of Advisors at Lamar University's College of Fine Arts and Communications. He was named Distinguished Alumni at Lamar University in 2010 and gave the Commencement Address at Lamar in May 2014.
On May 10, 2014, Macatee married Sonya Lee. They reside in Dallas, Texas.
He is also father to Caitlin Macatee, an up-and-coming comedian and author.
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