Kenny Rice reprises his role as a boxing play-by-play announcer at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Rice made his Olympic broadcasting debut with NBC Sports Group as a boxing reporter at the 2004 Athens Games.
Rice has been a prominent voice in NBC Sports Group’s horse racing coverage since 2000, including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. In 2006, he covered the World Equestrian Games on NBC. Rice, who was part of the Eclipse Award-winning 2002 Preakness Stakes broadcast team, also contributed to NBC’s Road to the Breeders’ Cup series. In May 2004, he served as a reporter on NBC’s broadcast of the Rolex Equestrian Championships. Rice joined NBC and NBCSN’s coverage of boxing in 2012 when he was assigned to be the play-by-play announcer for the networks’ Fight Night series. Since 2003, Rice has also served as play-by-play announcer for HDNet’s college football and basketball broadcasts, including the Wooden Tradition & Classic and Harvard-Yale football games.
In 1988, Rice “Kentucky Broadcaster of the Year” by the State Horsemen Association. In 1996, he was presented with the Englehard Award by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association for lifetime achievement in reporting on thoroughbred racing and breeding. In 1996, Rice won an Eclipse Award for outstanding local TV coverage of thoroughbred racing.