There’s a break in the action.
The camera cuts to Allie LaForce.
“The Force” LaForce fills us in on the latest storylines, injury updates, and game plans.
She’s a regular part of our television experience throughout hoops season.
Let’s get to know the NBA on TNT sideline reporter.
Sideline Reporter Allie LaForce
Allie LaForce was born on December 11, 1988 in Vermilion, Ohio.
As a teenager, she won the Miss Ohio Teen USA. She represented Ohio on the national stage at Miss Teen USA 2005 and took home the crown. She was awarded a one-year modeling contract and a scholarship to the School for Film and Television in New York City.
As the pageant’s title-holder, LaForce made several appearances across the United States to promote drug and alcohol awareness.
The Vermilion native returned to her home state to attend Ohio University. In her freshman year, she played on the women’s basketball team under head coach Semeka Randall. She earned a degree in broadcast journalism.
After graduation, LaForce was a sideline reporter for Sports Time Ohio, covering college basketball and football as well as local high school sports. She also worked at WJW channel 8, Cleveland’s Fox affiliate, as a sports reporter and sports anchor.
LaForce ascended to the national stage with CBS Sports when she took over for Tracy Wolfson as the sideline reporter for the SEC on CBS. In the summers, she covered the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas for NBA TV.
The journalist landed in her current role at Turner Sports in 2018. In addition to the NBA, she contributes to the network’s coverage of the NCAA Tournament.
Allie LaForce’s Husband Joe Smith
Allie LaForce is married to Major League Baseball relief pitcher Joe Smith.
The MLB player has suited up for the New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim, Chicago Cubs, and Toronto Blue Jays. He currently plays for the Houston Astros.
The couple founded the HelpCureHD foundation to help those suffering from Huntington’s Disease and to help find a cure.
Smith sat out the 2020 season to spend time with his mother, who has the disease. LaForce and Smith keep a healthy amount of their social media posts focused on the organization.
The pair also helped deliver meals to medical workers via Project Frontline in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak. The charity venture helped send 15,000 meals from restaurants struggling through the coronavirus closures to over-taxed doctors, nurses and hospital staff.
LaForce is a staple of basketball coverage. Like any hoops professional, March Madness is the the busiest and most exciting time in the sport.
Expect her to dish the scoop during the men’s basketball tournament.