From very early on, Allen always wanted to be a play-by-play broadcaster. He is widely regarded as well spoken and knowledgeable, providing viewers a great experience while watching or listening. Allen has a recognizable voice that is poignant, but doesn't take away from the action at hand.
Allen has enjoyed a 17-year broadcast career, serving most recently as an on-air talent for NBCSports, ESPN & FOX Sports. Allen was behind the microphone for the 2012 London Summer Olympics on NBC, receiving rave reviews for his work. Allen also spent 6+ years at ESPN as a play-by-play broadcaster, insider/analyst as well as sideline reporter for college basketball.
One of America’s premier soccer personalities, Allen spent eleven seasons (1998-2005 & 2010-2012) as a play-by play broadcaster & analyst for FOX Sports, and was either the play-by-play voice or lead analyst for every league and/or competition FOX Soccer Channel broadcasted during that period. He has called over 3,000 games from the best leagues in the world, including the English Premier League, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, the Brazilian Championship, French Ligue 1, MLS, UEFA Cup and more.
During his time at ESPN, Hopkins emerged as one of the top sideline reporters and play-by-play announcers for ESPN’s award winning NCAA college basketball coverage. He has covered and interviewed coaches with over a combined 8000+ wins and 20 NCAA National Titles. His reporting helped earn his first television award for a GMA (Global Media Awards for College Sports) in the Best Live Game or Event: Production Media or Production Company category for the ESPN coverage of the amazing 2009 Big East Championship 6 overtime Quarter-Final game, Syracuse vs. Connecticut.
Hopkins also spent four seasons as the lead analyst and pre-game co-host for the Los Angeles Galaxy. During his tenure with the Galaxy, Major League Soccer’s most high-profile club, the club won the 2005 MLS Cup and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. During his four seasons, he was a key factor in helping the Galaxy achieve the highest television ratings in the club’s history, besting local MLB and NHL broadcasts. In 2006, the L.A Daily News named Hopkins one of the top sports broadcasters in Los Angeles.