Eric and Craig Murphy will take their brotherhood to the booth this weekend for PrepSpotlight.tv as they will be a color commentating a pair of MSHSL's State semifinal games.
In September of 2018, the Minnesota State High School League announced a partnership with School Space Media and www.prepspotlight.tv to bring live streaming coverage of MSHSL events.
The partnership enabled Minnesota high school sports fans to have access to the best coverage. Prepspotlight.tv began streaming high school events in 2013 and since have streamed over 2,000 games. In 2015, the website also began to provide online coverage to many events. Events including football quarterfinals, in addition to basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and Adapted Athletics have all been streamed online.
In addition to all of the online coverage, Prepspotlight.tv also provides weekly coverage for all sports throughout the year in the Twin Cities metro area as well as Denver and Phoenix.
That is where two former Sleepy Eye Public graduates came into the fold. Brothers Eric and Craig Murphy will be teaming up this weekend to provide color commentary for the MSHSL football semi-finals. “With it being Prepspotlight.tv’s first year of semi-final football coverage, we needed a strong roster of knowledgeable color commentators,” Eric says. “I suggested my brother, Craig, the current Sleepy Eye Indians offensive coordinator and they agreed he would be a good fit.”
Craig will be thrown into the ring as he will be commentating the 9-man game Friday morning when Mountain Lake Area takes on Mountain Iron-Buhl at 9 a.m. at US Bank Stadium. Craig will also be joining brother Eric for the Section 5A semifinal game between Bemidji and St. Thomas Academy Saturday night. Craig is excited to carry his love and passion for sports over to the booth. “I’ve always looked up to Eric as a broadcaster and the passion he has for sports.” Craig also is looking forward to broadcasting with Eric for the first time since they were kids. Craig jokingly reminisces about the times he and Eric would mute games on TV and called it themselves. “Maybe the game Saturday will be the start of something that we continue to do more of in the future, or maybe it will be a one time thing.” The Murphy combination looks forward the opportunity this weekend.
Eric states this is one of the most anticipated assignments he has been given in his 17 years of broadcasting. “This is a unique opportunity for the two of us.” Eric also says, “I know broadcasting, Craig knows football. We both have a passion for Minnesota high school football and chemistry in the booth shouldn’t be an issue.” Eric looks forward to the two having a good time.
Eric moved back to Minnesota in 2013 and currently works as an Insurance Consultant for Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis, while also doing color commentary on the side. Eric formerly broadcasted in Montana, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Rhode Island. Eric graduated from Sleepy Eye Public High School in 1997, while Craig graduated in 2000.