Ian Eagle ( /ˈaɪ.ən/; born February 9, 1969) is an American sports announcer nicknamed The Bird calling National Football League (NFL) games on CBS, Brooklyn Nets games on the YES Network and hosts Full Court Press, a basketball talk show with former player Kenny Smith on Sirius Satellite Radio. Other announcing experience include NCAA men's basketball, tennis, the Army–Navy football games, the Army-Navy basketball games, boxing, and NCAA track and field for CBS. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he was initiated into the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. He is known as "Bird" or the "Birdman".
Eagle was born to entertainers Jack Eagle and Monica Maris. Jack, a former "Catskills comedian" and commercial actor, was best known for portraying "Brother Dominic" and "Mr. Cholesterol" in Xerox and Fleischmann's margarine television commercials respectively in the 1970s. Maris was a singer.
Eagle began his career by announcing football, basketball, and lacrosse for the Syracuse Orangemen on WAER a student run radio station. While at Syracuse, he was admitted to the AEPi fraternity. Following his graduation in 1990, Eagle began working for WFAN Radio in New York City as a producer.