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Greg Gumbel (born May 3, 1946) is an Americanmarker television sportscaster. He is best known for his various assignments on the CBS network (most notably, the National Football League and NCAA basketball). The brother of news and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel, he became the first African American announcer to call play-by-play of a major sports championship in the United Statesmarker when he announced Super Bowl XXXV for the CBS network in 2001. He is of Creole ancestry.

Biography

Early years

Gumbel was born in New Orleans, Louisianamarker, the first child of parents Richard Gumbel and Rhea Alice LeCesne. Before becoming a broadcaster, Gumbel graduated with a B.A. degree in English from Loras Collegemarker in Dubuque, Iowamarker. Also has two sisters Renee Gumbel–Farrahi and Rhonda Robertson.

Career

In 1973, Greg's brother Bryant Gumbel informed him that a Chicagomarker TV station (WMAQ-TVmarker) was auditioning for a sports announcer. At the time, Greg was selling hospital supplies in Detroitmarker. He ultimately got the job and worked there for seven years. The sportscaster he replaced, Dennis Swanson, went on to become president of ABC Sports.

Prior to his rising to prominence at CBS, Gumbel worked for MSG, ESPN, and WFANmarker radio in New York Citymarker. At ESPN, he anchored SportsCenter and did play-by-play for early NBA games on the network. On MSG, Gumbel served as a backup announcer for Marv Albert on New York Knicks broadcasts as well as providing coverage for college basketball. When MSG signed a huge contract to broadcast New York Yankees games in 1989, Gumbel served as host of the pregame and postgame shows. In addition to his MSG duties, he was the host of the first radio morning show on radio station WFAN.

First CBS stint

Gumbel's CBS career began with part-time work as an NFL announcer in 1988. He replaces Jim Lampley. Starting in 1989, Gumbel began announcing college basketball as well. He became host of The NFL Today (alongside Terry Bradshaw) for the 1990 to 1993 seasons. He also anchored CBS' coverage of Major League Baseball, college football, and CBS' coverage for the Daytona 500.

Besides his hosting duties, Gumbel provided play-by-play for the NBA, Major League including the 1993 American League Championship Series (alongside Jim Kaat), and College World Series baseball.

He was the prime time anchor for the 1994 Winter Olympic Games from Lillehammer, Norwaymarker and co-anchor for the weekday morning broadcasts of the 1992 Winter Olympics from Albertville, Francemarker.

NBC Sports

Gumbel moved to NBC in 1994 following CBS' losses of the NFL and Major League Baseball. While at NBC, Gumbel hosted NBC's coverage of the 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He also did play-by-play for the Major League Baseball National League Division Series and National League Championship Series (on both occasions, teaming with Joe Morgan), did play-by-play for The NBA on NBC, hosted NBC's daytime coverage of the 1996 Summer Olympics from Atlanta, Georgiamarker, hosted the 1995 World Championships of Figure Skating and served as the studio host for The NFL on NBC. Again, he replaces Jim Lampley.

Current CBS career

When CBS regained coverage of the NFL in 1998, Gumbel moved back to CBS. Gumbel was The NFL on CBS' lead announcer between 1998 and 2003, calling two Super Bowls (alongside Phil Simms). For the 2004 NFL season, Gumbel traded positions with Jim Nantz as host of The NFL Today while Nantz would take over as lead announcer. At the end of the 2005 NFL season, Gumbel was replaced as studio host of the The NFL Today pre-game show by James Brown. Gumbel returned to the broadcast booth as the #2 play-by-play man, replacing Dick Enberg, alongside color man Dan Dierdorf.

Besides the NFL, Gumbel's other primary work for CBS is as studio host for the NCAA men's basketball tournament coverage. He has held this position since he moved back to CBS.

Personal

Greg, his wife Marcy, brother Bryant and their married daughter Michelle, all reside in the Ft. Lauderdale area.

Legacy

Gumbel is the third man to serve as both host and play-by-play announcer for Super Bowls (the first two were Dick Enberg and Al Michaels respectively). He hosted Super Bowls XXVI, XXX and XXXII before calling Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVIII. Jim Nantz became the fourth man to do so after he called Super Bowl XLI for CBS.

During his tenure as the chief anchor of The NFL Today he served alongside co-anchors Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, and Boomer Esiason. The group was known to call him by his nickname "Gumby."

Career timeline



References

  1. CBS Sports Team - CBS SportsLine.com
  2. Issue 44 -- Television Sportscasters (African-American)



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