Gary Bender Biography

( 1940 - )
December 10, 2018
First published on:December 10, 2018
by Jorden

Facts of Gary Bender

Date of Birth: 1940, September 1
Age: 79 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Birth Name Gary Nedrow Bender
Birth Place Norton, Kansas
Famous Name Gary Bender
Horoscope Virgo
Net Worth $2 million
Salary $70,000
School Location Kansas
No. of Instagram Followers 16.5 k
Current team Retired
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Profession sports broadcaster
Started career as broadcaster
Currently Working For Retired from Fox Sports Arizona
University attended University of Kansas
School attended Ulysses High School
Graduated year 1964
Married to Linda Bender
Children Trey Bender and Brett Bender

Gary Bender is an American professional sports broadcaster who worked in the Fox Sports Arizona. As of 2018, Gary Nedrow Bender is currently retired. Gary has worked for other channels like ABC, CBS, FSN-Arizona, and Versus and TNT Sports.


Working as a broadcaster, Gary Nedrow Bender reportedly earned around $70,000 as his yearly salary from Fox Sports. Further, he has an estimated net worth of over $2 million. Gary is married to Linda Bender.

Gary Bender Early Life

Bender was born on September 01, 1940, in Norton, Kansas. As per his nationality, he is American and belongs to White ethnic group. Further, his star sign is Virgo.

Gary Nedrow Bender attended Ulysses High School in Kansas and after completing high school, he enrolled at the University of Wichita where he has his graduation in Journalism. Later Gary completed his master's degree from Kansas University in 1964.

Gary then began his broadcasting career calling for games at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, KS, and went on to play football and basketball at the University of Kansas in the 1960s as well.

Bender also spent years as a broadcaster in Wisconsin and called all the championship games of the Wisconsin Athletic Association, Green Bay Packers Radio and Milwaukee Brewers in the early 1970s.

Gary Bender's Net Worth

As of 2018, Gary Nedrow Bender has an estimated net worth of over $2 million. He worked for Fox Sports for 18 years and got retired on April 13, 2011. Further, the commentator had an average salary of $70,000 annually when he was working for Fox.

Gary Nedrow Bender so far has made good earnings from his entire commentating career.

Kept aside Bender financial earnings, his personal assets includes home and cars. Further, the Fox commentator Gary Nedrow Bender earns a good amount of money from various sponsorships.

Gary Bender Professional Career

Gary played for the NFL on CBS from 1975-1981 and again in 1986 (among his partners were Johnny Unitas, Sonny Jurgensen, Hank Stram, and John Madden, all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame) and the NBA Finals in 1981 together with color commentators Rick Barry and Bill Russell, also Basketball Hall of Fame.

Gary was CBS ' first play-by-play announcer for the network's coverage of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, calling the Final Four alongside Billy Packer in 1982, 1983 and 1984. In 1982 and 1983, Bender was CBS ' lead college football play-by-play man.

He played together with the Baseball Hall of Famers Joe Morgan and Reggie Jackson for the American League Championship series. As mentioned earlier, Gary played between the Oakland Athletics and the Boston Red Sox for the 1988 American League Championship Series. He spent two years as
a no.2 play-by-play baseball player behind Al Michaels for ABC.


Bender worked as a backup for Monday Night Baseball (1987 with Tim McCarver and 1988 with Joe Morgan) and as a field reporter/post-game interviewer for the 1987 coverage of the ABC World Series. Later he was removed from the baseball team of ABC in favor of Gary Thorne in 1989.

Gary has been the TV play-by-play announcer on the Fox Sports Network (FSN-Arizona) for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association for 18 years; he has worked with former sun players Eddie Johnson and Scott Williams.

Gary was named play-by-play announcer for the Mountain West Conference football coverage of the Versus network, where he would be partnered with former NFL player Glenn Parker.

Gary Bender Personal Life

Other than being a famous Fox Sports commentator, Gary Nedrow Bender is pretty famous in social media with a huge number of followers. In addition, he has thousands of likes in all of his posts.

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Gary Bender has kept his life off the media. Linda Bender has been married Gary Bender for a long time. Their date of marriage is unknown. The couple has two children, Trey Bender, and Brett Bender.

The couple has been living a romantic married life and it looks like they're made for each other. He and his family member enjoy the quality of their lives.

Facts and stats of Gary Bender

  • Age: 78 years
  • Birthplace: Norton, Kansas
  • Wife: Linda Bender
  • Children: Trey Bender and Brett Bender
  • Salary: $70,000
  • Net worth: $2 million

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