2012 was particularly memorable for Dave, offering up two perfect games and a combined no-hitter! Dave called the action for FOX-TV on April 21st when the White Sox’ Phillip Humber excelled against the Mariners, and was at the mic for Root Sports when a six-man Mariners’ squad pitched a combined no-hitter against the Dodgers on June 8th. The climax of these historic games was Mariners’ ace Felix Hernandez’ perfecto against Tampa Bay on April 15th, which Dave had the privilege of calling for Root.
Though it is baseball 24/7 this time of the year, Dave is a versatile two-time Emmy Award winning sportscaster who has enjoyed a career that has enabled him to work in many facets of the business. Dave is best known for calling play-by-play, hosting talk shows, and anchoring/reporting the sports news. He distinguishes himself not only because of his professionalism and meticulous preparation but also for his enthusiasm and obvious love for his work.
2013 marks Sims’ seventh season as the TV play-by-play voice of the Seattle Mariners, whose games air on Root Sports. Dave’s MLB and NFL schedules have prevented him from remaining as active on the college sports scene, where he called basketball games for ESPN Regional and ESPN from 1991 to 2009, and called Big East Football action on ESPN Regional from 1997-2007. Until 2008, Dave also hosted “Inside the Big East”, a syndicated show that premiered in 2004 and focused on Conference Basketball and Football.
On the radio you can hear Sims doing the Sunday Night Football play-by-play for Dial Global Sports (formerly Westwood One), where he has been broadcasting NFL games since 1994. Dave also continues to call select college basketball games for Dial Global, including men’s NCAA tournament action. Sims’ other radio duties include co-hosting “Basketball and Beyond with Coach K”, a weekly show with Duke University and Basketball Hall of Fame Coach, Mike Krzyzewski, now in it’s seventh year on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio.
One of Dave’s off-camera professional pursuits is AthletiSense™, a communications & media relations life skills program that he established with his wife, Abby. Dave and Abby work with Division One varsity athletes as well as professionals, presenting group seminars and providing individualized communications coaching. An outgrowth of this program has been Dave’s work refining the broadcasting skills of collegiate communication majors and young sportscasters who aspire to careers as play-by-play voices and color analysts.
Dave had the pleasure of serving as the TV voice of the UFL in 2009, the league’s inaugural season, though scheduling conflicts precluded his continued participation. Also on TV, he enjoyed his work as the pre-season voice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004 after serving in that capacity with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the seven years prior. Dave initially became known in the world of sports broadcasting by hosting talk shows at WNBC-AM, WFAN-AM and the Madison Square Garden Television Network. His other work has included Major League Baseball play-by-play for ESPN and hosting “The Early Show” for Major League Baseball.com., an internet radio show. In December of 2001 Dave completed an 18-month run as host of “GameFace” for the Metro Guide Channel. During that time, “GameFace” was New York City’s only weekly prime time television sports talk show. Dave also hosted “Phillies Weekly” for two consecutive years and “Eagles Game Day Live” for one campaign, completing these duties after the 2001 seasons. In the 1990s Dave provided play-by-play for CBS-TV’s coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament and served as a sports anchor/reporter/host for WCBS-TV in New York. Dave’s work on the local sports scene began with a seven year stint as a sportswriter for the New York Daily News following his graduation from college.
Sims won his first Emmy in 1993 in New England and the second in 1997 in Philadelphia for his play-by-play work on football and basketball respectively. Dave’s work has often been saluted. He was presented with the Big East Conference Media Award in 2005 and was honored by the American Football Foundation with the 2003 Lindsey Nelson Outstanding Sportscaster Award. In 1998 the Children’s Air Center of New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center recognized Dave with its annual Asthma Achievement Award and he was also presented with the 1995 Media Award by the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association, the group that sponsors the NIT. The New York Pro Baseball Scouts cited Dave as its Media Person of 1988, and the Tomorrows Children’s Fund of Hackensack, New Jersey named Sims Man of the Year in 1987 for his work with youngsters afflicted with cancer and blood disorders.
A Philadelphia native, Dave attended Chestnut Hill Academy, and in 2006 was inducted into its Sports Hall of Fame. Sims is a graduate of Bethany College in West Virginia where he majored in mass communications. Dave and his wife Abby currently split their time between Seattle and Manhattan. They have two adult sons.