Has enjoyed a distinguished broadcasting career in both Texas and nationally, is the lead television play-by-play announcer for Rangers games on Fox Sports Southwest and TXA21. Barnett joined the Rangers radio broadcast team in 2009 while providing play-by-play coverage on a limited number of Rangers television broadcasts in 2009 and 2010.
Before joining the Rangers, Barnett spent 13 years with ESPN, serving as a play-by-play voice for baseball, basketball, football, and golf telecasts. He has covered major college basketball and football games for ESPN, ABC, and ESPN Radio and did Major League Baseball for ESPN and ESPN Radio from 1996-2008. Barnett was also a member of ESPN's College World Series coverage from 2001-2004.
A native of Denton, Texas, Barnett is a familiar voice to fans in Texas. He joined the sports staff at KRLD AM Radio in 1978 before succeeding the late Mark Holtz as the radio voice of the Dallas Mavericks on WBAP Radio in 1981, the NBA's youngest broadcaster at age 23. Barnett did radio and television games for the Mavericks through the 1987-88 season, winning a pair of Commentator of the Year Awards from UPI. He then spent nine seasons as the television voice of the San Antonio Spurs before joining ESPN in 1996. Barnett returned to the Spurs for the 2006-07 campaign.
He previously broadcast Rangers baseball in 1990 on cable television for Home Sports Entertainment. He has also worked on pre-season National Football League telecasts for the Houston Oilers, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, and Chicago Bears and did the Southwest Conference Game of the Week for Raycom Sports from 1989-1996.
Barnett is a 1979 graduate of the University of North Texas. He resides in Lantana with his wife, Kim. They have two children, son Zach, and daughter Ally.