DENVER - 7Sports anchor Lionel Bienvenu has been named best TV Sportscaster by the editors of alternative weekly Westword.
The weekly said that when Bienvenu arrived in 2001, "he initially seemed to be trying a little too hard to import cable-TV snark to a traditional local-news broadcast. But as the years have gone on, either Bienvenu has mellowed or we have."
"He's still plenty witty, but he doesn't let the pursuit of humor get in the way of finding what's most interesting in any game," Westword wrote. "Better yet, he's eager to share his opinions about the sports news of the day, and he doesn't pull his punches just to keep the area franchises happy."
Lionel grew up in New Orleans and worked there before leaving for Fox Sports Network in Los Angeles. While he hosted highlight shows and Baseball Today, he became known around the world for hosting "The English Premier League Soccer Show." The show was seen in the U.S., Europe, and Central and South America.
The show was so popular that there were six different soccer teams across the U.S. that named themselves after "Bienvenu." Bienvenu United, FC Bienvenu, etc!
In Denver, Bienvenu has covered the Rockies run to the World Series, the Broncos in three Super Bowls, the Avs Stanley Cup championships, the Rapids, the Mammoth and much more.
He also hosts the "John Fox Show" with denver Broncos head coach John Fox.
Bienvenu and his wife, Heidi, have twin sons, Bryce and Quinn.
Westwrod article: http://www.westword.com/bestof/2014/award/best-tv-sportscaster-2788582/
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