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Marv Albert 'thrilled' to call NFL games for CBS

Posted on: June 6, 2011 4:32 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 3:03 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

We don't yet have an NFL season, but when we do, Marv Albert will be calling games for CBS. Sean McManus, CBS Sports Chairman, made the announcement Monday.

“Marv Albert is recognized throughout sports broadcasting as one of its true legends,” McManus said. “Very few in the broadcasting industry can claim his combined accomplishments and remarkable longevity. We are extremely excited to add Marv to our NFL ON CBS team.”

"I'm very excited about it," Albert told "I've always enjoyed doing football on TV. [The CBS NFL opportunity] kind of came out of nowhere when CBS and TNT partnered up to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Sean McManus contacted David Levy, the president of TNT Sports, and asked permission to talk to me about it. You know, I wasn't expecting it, but we put the deal together and I'm just thrilled about it."

Thanks to social media, fans have been swift and ruthless with their criticism of newly hired announcing teams in recent years. When the NFL Network named Joe Theismann and Matt Millen to work in the Thursday Night Football booth last season, the decision was roundly -- and loudly -- ridiculed. In Albert's case, the news has been universally praised because, well, it's Marv Albert. The man's a legend.

Part of being legendary is knowing the medium. Albert was the radio voice of Monday Night Football for Westwood One from 2002-2009, and he, better than anyone, understands the subtle differences between television and radio.

"In radio, you are the game, so to speak -- you have to describe every aspect," said Albert. "In TV, I've always felt less is more, and it's really a question of my setting up the color analyst more than anything else." 

When asked how he maintains his excitement for a job he has been doing since he jokingly said he was 12 years old, Albert offered this: "I still have such a passion for what I'm doing. I mean, I think that's the important thing. I watch everything -- I'm still a big TV viewer, I still listen to radio in terms of sports.

"I always feel you can get better, too," Albert continued. "I'll look at game tapes after I've done a game (because) you can always pick things up. To me, there are always aspects you can do better. And I'm always attuned to that -- I still love that part of the business. For whatever reason, the fire hasn't gone away."

In the recently released book about the history of ESPN, Those Guys Have All the Fun, columnist Bill Simmons was quoted as saying that "Nobody on the planet watches a sports game for the f------ announcers." He was referring to ESPN's Monday Night Football. For most fans, Albert is one of the few exceptions to that rule although he understands Simmons' overall point.

"You know, I would agree with that" Albert said. "There are certain announcers who can make a game better to listen to where (fans) would enjoy it more and they're not saying 'Hey, what's he saying?' or 'That's stupid.' Which we all do, you know, and it's easy to do that."

Albert admits that preparation is one way to keep fans interested.

"I always try to come in -- and I'm not alone in saying this -- with stories and information," he said. "I feel very strongly about (not) using cliches. I always feel -- and sometimes I realize that you can over-prepare -- but it's better to do that because you don't want to be in a situation where … fans of one of the teams you are doing know more than the announcer. You really have to be prepared because the moment goes by quickly. So if you don't hit on the proper information at the right time you're going to miss.

"On the other hand, you don't want to give too much information. If I give 10 percent of what I have that's pretty good. Because otherwise, you're talking too much."

Finally, we asked Albert about his long-time relationship with David Letterman.

"It goes back to my days at NBC at Channel 4," he explained. "I was doing the six o'clock and 11 o'clock sports, and [Letterman] was doing his show at NBC across the hall from us. He was a big sports fan so he would see when I played the 'wild and the wacky' bloopers, and he said that this might go very well with a live crowd. And I ended up coming on a lot, and it continued when he moved over to CBS. ...

"[Talking with Dave] is like sitting with one of my brothers. And he has his Indianapolis ties so we'll end up talking about the Pacers or something, or Ball State. I try to Google 'Ball State' before I go on just to see what's going on."

If the owners and the players needed another reason to end the lockout, having Albert calling games this fall should be pretty high up the list.

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Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:33 am

Marv Albert 'thrilled' to call NFL games for CBS

Marv Albert has Always been a Great and very Exciting Announcer! I hope he Replaces Phil Simms on CBS 1# Broadcast Team,as Phil Simms is Boring,and gets on my Nerves.He wouldn't even be on my 2nd,3rd,4th,or 5th Best Broadcast Team!

I wish there was a way to Rank the Announcers,like they do the Referees,instead of each network automatically giving the Biggest Game,to the same Announcers Each Year.

Troy Aikman is just as boring on Fox NFL Football,and Cris Collinsworth on NBC Football.

That would be a Good Opinion Poll,to see who the Fans Favorite Announcers are for each Network!

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:24 am

Marv Albert 'thrilled' to call NFL games for CBS

He'll cover the NFL just fine. Let's hope he remembers to cover himself with men's clothing.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:55 pm

Marv Albert 'thrilled' to call NFL games for CBS

I think Marv Aberts and the Canucks scumbag Burrows would get along just great.  Throw in Hannibal Lecter and you have a trio of biters.  At least Marv bites women however, the same can't be said for Burrows.

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:54 pm
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Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:51 pm

Marv Albert 'thrilled' to call NFL games for CBS

Just what the NFL needed a Perv calling games!  What letting the Perv back to call games in the NBA wasn't bad enough we need the Pervert doing football too! Might as well give OJ a chance to come back TOO, At least he wasn't convicted! Oh thats right Only if he had been convicted could he come back to do games for these idiots in charge! What ever happened to letting Bygone's just be Bygone!  LOL

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:47 pm

Marv Albert 'thrilled' to call NFL games for CBS

He might have some strange personal habits, but you cannot deny the man (and I use that term loosely) is a fantastic announcer.

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:12 pm

Marv Albert 'thrilled' to call NFL games for CBS

I listen to some of the Monday Night games on radio and Marv and Boomer did a great job of broadcasting the game.  "Yess!" Marv will do a good job covering the NFL on CBS if we have a season. 

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:08 pm

Marv Albert 'thrilled' to call NFL games for CBS

He mentioned his roots with cameos on the Letterman show, but neglected to mention his experiences as a cross dresser biting hookers on their backs.  A character building stage in his illustrious career.

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 8:53 pm

Marv Albert 'thrilled' to call NFL games for CBS

So now I can go back to wearing my panties during the games?  Brings a whole new to meaning to Packers VS Browns.

"When asked how he maintains his excitement... since he ... was 12 years old, Albert offered this: "I still have such a passion for what I'm doing. I mean, I think that's the important thing. I watch everything..."
What a shmuck.  Can't wait to turn him off my TV.  Hey Albert, don't dare do a Bears game.

You can't just put lipstick on a pig and you can't just say Marv Albert makes it worth watching...
I'll bet you can put lipstick on Marvy-boy.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 8:51 pm

Marv Albert 'thrilled' to call NFL games for CBS

In a word, awsome! Thee best announcer in the business, bar none.

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