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Marv Albert (born Marvin Philip Aufrichtig; June 12, 1941) is an American television and radio sportscaster. Honored for his work as a member of the Basketball Hall of Famemarker, he is commonly referred to as "the voice of basketball." From 19672004, he was also known as "the voice of the New York Knicks."

Albert grew up in Brooklynmarker, where he went to Abraham Lincoln High Schoolmarker.Corcoran, Tully. "KU attracts Brooklyn star", The Topeka Capital-Journal, October 26, 2007. Accessed September 17, 2009. "Lincoln High School in Brooklynmarker, N.Y., is to high school basketball what Odessamarker Permian High Schoolmarker, in Texas, is to high school football. Basketball rules there. Stephon Marbury starred there. Marv Albert went there. Even Jesus Shuttlesworth, the fictional baller played by Ray Allen in He'ssic Got Game went there. Kansas coach Bill Self may be spending a bit of time there in the next year, too. Lance Stephenson, a 6-5, 195-pound junior guard from Lincoln who is the No. 4 overall player in the class of 2009 recently contacted Self about his interest in Kansas." He then attended Syracuse Universitymarker's Newhouse School of Public Communications from 1960 through 1963. He then graduated from New York Universitymarker in 1965.

Broadcasting career

National Basketball Association

New York Knicks (MSG)

For over 30 years beginning in 1967, Albert was the voice of the New York Knicks on radio and television (getting his start by being a ball boy for the Knicks before getting his first break on New York radio by sportscaster Marty Glickman) before being let go by the chairman of the MSG Network and Cablevision after Albert criticized the Knicks' poor play on-air in 2004.

NBC Sports

In 1994, he called the Knicks' games when they were in the NBA Finals, but on NBC with Matt Guokas (Mike Breen and Walt "Clyde" Frazier provided the Knicks' play-by-play on radio; in 1999, it was Bob Costas and Doug Collins who called the Knicks' games when they were in the Finals while Albert, who had left NBC (see below), was on Knicks radio with John Andariese).


Albert continues to be the lead play-by-play announcer for National Basketball Association games on TNT, a position he assumed in 1999. Indeed, TNT has become his primary commitment ever since his longtime employer NBC lost the NBA broadcasting rights in 2002, and may have played a role in his departure from the Knicks' broadcast booth. The Knicks reportedly wanted Albert to accept a salary commensurate with his reduced Knicks schedule, but also weren't happy about Albert making what Knicks management felt to be overly critical comments about their team in spite of their losing record.In basketball, his most famous call is his simple "Yesssss!" for a basket, rendered in many variations of volume and length depending on the situation; and a catch-word that he began using in his youth when playing pickup games with friends.

New Jersey Nets (YES)

In 2005, Albert officially became the lead play-by-play man for the New Jersey Nets franchise and started calling their games in the 2005–2006 basketball season on the YES Network, often teaming with Brooklynmarker native and NBA veteran, Mark Jackson. Beginning with the 2008-09 season, Albert was also paired with his TNT broadcast colleague Mike Fratello on the YES Network.

Other basketball related duties

He will reportedly call about 50 games a season, with his focus remaining on duties for Westwood One and TNT. He also hosts a basketball-focused interview show on NBA TV, which also airs later on YES.

Since 2004, Albert has also been providing the play-by-play voice on the NBA Live video-game series on EA Sports.

Non-NBA-related NBC duties

Other NBC Sports duties that Albert held were play-by-play announcing for the NFL, college basketball, horse racing, boxing, NHL All-Star Games, and hosting Major League Baseball studio and pre-game shows. He also spent 13 years as the sports director of the network's flagship station, WNBC-TVmarker.

New York Rangers

In addition to the Knicks, Albert had a lengthy tenure (beginning in 1965) calling the games of another Madison Square Gardenmarker tenant, the New York Rangers. He handled the radio call of the Rangers' Stanley Cup-clinching victory in 1994.

He also famously coined the phrase "Red Light" for radio analyst Sal Messina, a former Rangers goaltender. His signature play-by-play phrase was "kick save and a beauty."

Over his years as the Rangers broadcaster, Albert would miss a large number of games for other commitments. Many other broadcasters filled in, including several who would serve long stints for other NHL teams, including Howie Rose, Mike Emrick and John Kelly, as well as brothers Al and Steve. It was Albert's absence from Game 7 of the RangersDevils Conference Championship game that led to Rose's famed Matteau, Matteau, Matteau call.

Albert left the Rangers after the 1994–95 season at the same time Rose took the job as play-by-play announcer of the New York Islanders. Albert's son, Kenny replaced him, and has been the radio voice of the Rangers ever since.

Monday Night Football

He is also the lead play-by-play voice of the Westwood One radio network's National Football League coverage, calling Monday Night Football as well as numerous playoff games and every Super Bowl since 2002. Albert previously did NFL play-by-play for NBC from 1979 to 1997.


Including Super Bowl XLII, Marv has called the play-by-play of six Super Bowls, NBA Finals and seven Stanley Cup Finals. He has also called the Wimbledon Tennis Championshipsmarker for TNT with Jim Courier and Mary Carillo. He also worked as a host and reporter for two World Series (1986 and 1988). He has also served as co-host of the Breeders Cup (1991–1996).


Marv has gained credibility and popularity among younger television viewers during his many guest appearances on David Letterman's late night talk shows. Each time Albert appears, he brings with him a group of clips featuring sports bloopers and outstanding plays, which he narrates and dubs the "Albert Achievement Awards." The music accompanying the bloopers is "12th Street Rag."

Albert was placed as number 14 on David J. Halberstam's list of Top 50 All Time Network Television Sports Announcers on Yahoo! Sports.

In 1992, he appeared as himself on Roger Waters's rock album Amused to Death, giving a mock commentary on the destruction of an oil rig on the song "Perfect Sense, Part II".

An "Albert Achievement Awards" video was released in 1993. It featured cameos by Charles Barkley, David Letterman, O. J. Simpson, Bob Costas, and Tom Brokaw.

Honors and awards


Albert's son, Kenny, is also a sports commentator, as he calls baseball and football for Fox, New York Rangers games on the radio, and has been one of NBC's commentators for ice hockey at the Winter Olympics, as well as NBC's NHL coverage. His daughter, Denise, is a reporter for NBA TV.

Marv has two younger brothers who also are announcers. Steve Albert is the former play-by-play announcer for several teams, including the New Orleans Hornets, New Jersey Nets, New York Islanders, New York Mets, and Golden St. Warriors. Steve is best known for his work on Showtime Championship Boxing, notably the Holyfield-Tyson bouts. Al Albert was the former play-by-play announcer for the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets.

Sexual assault charges

Albert became the focus of a media frenzy in 1997, when he went on trial for felony charges of forcible sodomy. A 42-year-old woman who had had a 10-year sexual relationship with him accused Albert of throwing her on a bed at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City, Virginiamarker, punching her on the back 15 times, sodomizing her, and forcing her to perform oral sex on him. Albert charged that the woman was seeking revenge as he was ending their relationship and "she couldn't imagine life without him". After DNA tests proved that the bite marks were his, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery charges, while the sodomy charge was dropped. Albert was given a 12-month suspended sentence and ordered to continue undergoing counseling.

Ousted from NBC

Consequently, NBC — for whom Albert worked for over 20 years — fired him shortly before the 1997-98 NBA season began on The NBA on NBC. Bob Costas took over for Albert on the basketball side in the 1997–98 season before stepping down after the 2000 NBA Finals for Albert's return. In addition, Tom Hammond spelled his football duties. It is also revealed on a Simpsons DVD commentary that he was to appear in the episode "Bart Star" but, due to the scandal, was replaced by Roy Firestone.

Return to NBC

NBC brought Albert back less than two years later, and he was the network's main play-by-play man for the 2000–01 and 2001–02 NBA seasons, including the Finals. NBC lost the rights to the NBA to ABC following the 2001–02 season.

Quotations, calls and utterances

  • "A spec-tacular move, by Michael Jordan!"
  • "Yes!"
  • "It counts, AND the foul!"
  • "From downtown!" (When a player makes a long three point basket)
  • "What a shot!"
  • "[Player] has found the touch." (when a player makes several shots in sequence)
  • "[Player] showing his full repertoire of moves."
  • "[Player] is on fire!"
  • "[Player] goes glass!"
  • "[Player] with the circus shot!"
  • "[Player] has had the hot hand!"
  • "[Player] with the follow!" (when a player grabs an offensive rebound off a missed shot and makes it)
  • "[Player] with the step!" (when a player drives past his defender)
  • "[Player] putting the move on [player]"
  • "[Player] able to hustle it down..."
  • "And it's handled by [Player]..."(when a player easily grabs a rebound)
  • "A sensational pass by [player]"
  • "[Player] is called for steps."' (referring to a player being called for traveling)
  • "[Player], he's been off." (when a player cannot make any shots)
  • "And you know he'd like to have that one back."
  • "Re-Jected by [player]!"
  • "[Team] are showing signs!" (when a team begins a run or comeback)
  • "[Team] hearing it from the crowd!" (can be said positively or negatively)
  • "[Team] have won the NBA championship for the [year] season!"
  • "A very impressive stat line for [player]."
  • "[Coach] apparently not liking what he's seeing..." (when a coach calls a time out to reorganize his team).
  • "Certainly not what [coach] had in mind!"
  • "Kick-save, and a beauty!" (first used by Fred Cusick)
  • "Seven and two tenths the fourth..." (when referring to the time left, Marv always says it this way, instead of saying "seven 'point' two seconds")
  • "Time running out, throws up a prayer, it's good!!"
  • "...and that will do it."
  • "[Player] finishing with some flair"
  • "Horry for the win..."
  • "With authority!" (referring to a powerful slam dunk)
  • "For Cheryl Miller, Reggie Miller, the Czar Mike Fratello, I'm Marv Albert saying so long from [arena name]"


  1. Nets Broadcasters
  2. Curt Gowdy Media Awards
  4. Jewish Sports Hall of Fame - Marv Albert
  6. CNNSI archive of video news coverage
  7. Court Tv Online - Marv Albert Sexual Assault Trial
  8. Game 4 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals

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