Federico Buffa (Milan, July 28, 1959) is an Italian journalist, commentator and sports agent.
In 1978 he studied sociology at the Summer Session at UCLA and in the same year he wrote his first article for the magazine Superbasket, then directed by Aldo Giordani. This piece was later published in the September issue. In the same period the player played in the minor leagues in Milan with the ARS team, coached by Flavio Tranquillo.
Two years after starting his career as an agent he represented some Serie A players. In 1984 he became the official commentator of the matches at Olimpia Milano and during the same year he began sharing the microphone with Flavio Tranquillo, with whom he worked alongside for much of his career in journalism.
After graduating in Law from the University of Pavia with a thesis on employment contracts in sport, he made his commentary debut on Telereporter in 1987, alongside Guido Bagatta, during a Serie A match.
In 1991 he started commentating for TV Koper, reforming the association with Flavio Tranquillo. In 1994 he made his debut for the pay-TV Tele + station, commentating on NCAA basketball matches alongside Guido Bagatta. Only a year later, with the return of NBA games on pay-TV, he was chosen to accompany Flavio Tranquillo in highlights of the most important matches of the NBA.
In 2001 he founded his official website (www.federicobuffa.com). Two years later the director of Milan Channel Mauro Suma, after seeing him on a Sky Sports broadcast where he was a guest along with the AC Milan soccer player Massimo Ambrosini, invited him to commentate in the Monday night Studio Milan programme. The result was his partnership with the Milan channel, which continued in 2005 when the same director entrusted him the to run 'The Match Tactics', despite beginning his career as a basketball pundit.
During the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 he serves as a commentator on the Swiss network RSI LA2.
Until 2013, he was NBA commentator on Sky Sports, mainly along with Flavio Tranquillo and sometimes alongside Alessandro Mamoli. From April 5th, on Sky Sports, there is a program with Federico Buffa telling World Cup Stories: ten episodes of some of the World Cup's major events.