American sportscaster John Buccigross has made a name for himself as one of the renowned sports anchors in the U.S-based global cable and satellite sports television channel, ESPN.
Born on January 27, 1966, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, John has always been a lover of sports commentary from his early age and when he moved with his parents to Steubenville, Ohio, at the age of 11, he got the chance to venture into it by first obtaining an educational qualification in the field. John first graduated from the Steubenville Catholic Central High School before moving to Heidelberg College where he majored in Communications and Theater Arts and since then, the American citizen of white ethnicity has been active in broadcast journalism, winning numerous accolades for his exceptional skills, especially as a sportscaster.
John joined the ESPN in 1996 and has served the satellite cable network for over two decades. He had his first professional job as a co-host of the show NHL 2Night just a short while after his graduation from Heidelberg College. His professional skills in the show earned him a nomination in the Emmy award. Among his best TV shows were Baseball tonight and Sports Centre.
John also served in Providence, Rhode Island and Cape Cod, Massachusett, before finding himself in the ESPN. Between 2001 and 2010, John served as an author of the ESPN.com’s weekly NHL column. During that period also, he signed a deal with Middle Atlantic Press to write about the life history of the former NHL player and analyst Keith Jones under the title Jonesy: Put Your Head Down and Skate: The Improbable NHL Career of Keith Jones. The book was published and released in October 2007.
In addition to this, John also served as a member of the advisory board for “you can play” campaign which was dedicated to the eradication of homophobia among sports enthusiasts. During the 2012 NHL Playoffs, he also hosted #Bucciovertimechallenge on his Twitter handle where followers were asked to solve the tricky guess games.
To prove his love and support for the game of hockey, John Buccigross founded a hockey-related charity organization which sold Tshirts and caps to Hockey fans and used the money raised from the sale to fund college students who want to build their career in Hockey. He won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article.
Salary and Net Worth
Following his long and active years in the communication industry, there is no doubt that John Buccigross has earned enough to keep him on the celebrity list for years even after his retirement. Although he has not yet spoken about his annual earnings, it is believed that his yearly pay falls around $250 thousand while his net worth will be around $5 million. As a proof of how much he is admired for his professional achievements, John has a massive followership of over 400, 000 on Twitter.
Even though he is a media personality, John has been able to successfully keep details of his family, including his parents and siblings a secret. However, his father’s name is known to be Edward Buccigross and his mother’s name is Mary Donovan. His mother gave birth to him at the Allegheny General Hospital and he was raised in nearby Indiana, Pennsylvania.
John Buccigross’ Married Life – Wife, Divorce
The handsome sportsman got married to his lovely Italian wife Melissa Buccigross in 1991 after long years of relationship. The couple exchanged vows in an Italian wedding style and have since been living together as husband and wife. They also have three children – two boys named Brett Buccigross and Jack Buccigross, and a daughter whose name is Malorie Buccigross. The couple now resides in South Windsor, Connecticut.
Meanwhile, the ESPN anchor has recently been involved in a widely publicised sex scandal involving the former ESPN analyst, Adrienne Lawrence who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him claiming that he invited her to his home and tried to woo her in the name of mentoring her. She also claimed to have approached the cable channel’s human resource department on the matter but instead of resolving it, they tried to protect Buccigross’ reputation by covering his intimidating intent.
Adrienne produced text a message sent to her by John where he allegedly said “I’m a white boy and I’m jacked,” as an evidence against him. The lawsuit also stated that John alongside other men at the ESPN ogles their female colleagues without any intervention from the company. While John is yet to release a statement on the issue, the ESPN spokesperson denied all the allegations.
Despite all the controversies, John Buccigross is still married to his Italian wife, he has not previously been married to any other woman, hence he has never been divorced and he is not gay. Most interestingly, all his three children are sports lovers- his eldest son, Brett Buccigross is a golf lover and player like his father, while his other two children, Jack and Malorie are interested in soccer and horse riding, respectively.