Bill Macatee has spent close to three decades as one of America’s top, nationally known television broadcasters, covering almost every major event in sports, and interviewing hundreds of athletes, celebrities and other persons of interest.
Macatee plays numerous roles for Tennis Channel, hosting and producing French Open Tonight
and Wimbledon Primetime
; anchoring Australian Open and US Open coverage; and producing network series Only at the Open
. This is on top of a sports broadcasting career that includes appearances as studio host for two Olympic games; decades at both the US Open Tennis Championships, golf’s The Masters tournament; and on-air work at almost every major event in sports.
As host and producer of Tennis Channel Grand Slam centerpieces French Open Tonight
and Wimbledon Primetime
, Macatee recaps the biggest matches of the day through interaction with players, analysts, tennis legends, coaches and other guests. Both nightly primetime programs offer more than three hours of highlights, interviews, news, features and local flavor from sets on the grounds of the world’s premier clay and grass tennis tournaments, respectively. Macatee jumps to the on-air booth for the network’s coverage of the other two tennis majors, serving as primary commentator at the Australian Open and US Open. In this role he works with Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova, who adds expert opinion and candid observation to Macatee’s courtside voice.
Macatee’s Tennis Channel production credits include the series Only at the Open
, in which he interviews a different US Open legend each week of the summer on the eve of America’s greatest tennis competition. Accompanied by highlights and commentary from rivals and analysts, these former champions walk Macatee and the show’s viewers through their thoughts and emotions during some of the greatest moments in their tennis careers.
With a broadcasting background that is just as extensive and involved as his work with Tennis Channel, Macatee has performed a variety of host and commentary roles for numerous television networks, including NBC, CBS and USA Network. His network career began with NBC Sports, when he became the industry’s youngest sportscaster at age 26. In addition to covering everything from the World Series and Super Bowl to Wimbledon and college football bowl games, he also spent four years as pre-game host of NBC’s Major League Baseball’s Game of the Week and National League Championship Series coverage. At the same time he served as sports correspondent for The Today Show
and sports anchor for NBC News at Sunrise
, and later co-anchored the syndicated USA Today on TV
In 1990 Macatee joined USA Network and began two decades as anchor of its coverage of golf’s PGA Tour and The Masters, adding the sport’s Ryder Cup to that list the following year. Other USA Network on-air work has included tennis’ US Open and French Open, as well as figure skating, boxing and other special sports events. He added CBS Sports to his resume in 1995, where he continues to announce golf’s The Masters and PGA Championship, tennis’ US Open and weekly NFL games. Macatee has been the network’s weekend daytime co-host of the Olympic Winter Games and handled play-by-play duties for college basketball games, among them “March Madness” NCAA championship tournament contests. He has also been in the booth for numerous CBS Sports Spectacular events¸ including skiing, tennis, gymnastics and track and field.
In addition to his work in broadcasting, Macatee spent two years as an Adjunct Faculty member at the prestigious Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in Orange California. Macatee is a graduate of Lamar University, where he was the recipient of the University's 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award. He currently lives in Dallas.