Jim Tunney

A Cavett Award winner, author, celebrity NFL referee, and professional speaker with instant name recognition, 30 years experience with over 3,000 presentations!
Travels from CA
$5,000 - $10,000

Jim Tunney had an exemplary career in sports. A former high school coach, teacher, principal and district superintendent, he had a 40-year career in officiating football and basketball. Thirty-one of those years he was an NFL Referee working a record twenty-nine post-season games including three Super Bowls, ten NFC/AFC Championship games, six Pro Bowls and twenty-five Monday Night Games. He officiated some of the most memorable games in NFL history. His book Impartial Judgment: “The Dean of NFL Referees” Calls Pro Football As He Sees It, chronicles his NFL career. He currently works on the NFL officiating staff in the evaluation of its current game officials.

As a Professional Speaker, he is Past President of The National Speakers Association and a Charter Member of its most prestigious group - The CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame. Jim holds every professional designation of the NSA, including the Oscar of Professional Speaking - The Cavett.  NSA named him Philanthropist of the Year in 2007 and again in 2014. 

Dr. Tunney (a doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California) continues to serve his community as a former Trustee of both Monterey Peninsula College and York School; where he once served as Headmaster. In 1993, he founded the Jim Tunney Youth Foundation to support local community programs that develop leadership, work skills, wellness and self-esteem in youth. To date the foundation has contributed more than a quarter million dollars to youth in his community. He and his wife Linda live in Pebble Beach, California.  They have six children, sixteen grandchildren and two great grandsons.

As an author he has written and/or co-authored ten books: Impartial Judgment, Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan’s Soul, Speaking Secrets of the Masters, You Can Do It!, Super Bowl Sunday, Insights into Excellence, Lessons in Leadership, Build a Better You, It’s the Will, Not the Skill., his most recent (2014) is titled:       ”101 Best of TunneySide of Sports” taken from his weekly newspaper column in the Monterey Herald. TunneySide takes current issues from the world of sports and transforms them into positive messages for everyday living.

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