One of the most recognized and prominent voices in the history of sports television, Brent Musburger serves as a host and play-by-play commentator for multiple sports across ESPN and ABC. Musburger primarily works college football and basketball game telecasts, highlighted by Saturday Night Football on ABC since 2006, the inaugural season of the first and only weekly prime time college football series on broadcast television. Musburger has worked ESPN’s Big 12 Big Monday college basketball games with Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight since the 2009-10 season. He has called the Little League World Series every year since 2000.
Musburger joined ABC in May 1990 after 15 years as CBS Sports’ primary host and play-by-play commentator, appearing on The NFL Today, the NCAA Final Four, tennis’ U.S. Open, the NBA and the Masters.
For ABC and ESPN, Musburger has hosted and/or called play-by-play for the NBA, college football and basketball, golf, IRL races and the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He also hosted Super Bowl XXV’s pre-game and half-time shows as well as the 1991 Pan Am Games from Cuba.
Musburger hosted NASCAR Nextel Cup races on ESPN and ABC televise – 17 races in the second half of the season, including all 10 season-ending “Chase for the Cup” events and select Busch Series events – during the 2007 season.
Musburger has also been heard on ESPN Radio, beginning in October 1992. He was the original host of its daily ESPN SportsBeat segments of news, interviews and commentaries, which premiered in January 1993, and has called NBA play-by-play, including The NBA Finals.
Musburger attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism before joining the Chicago American. His broadcast career began in 1968 as sports director at WBBM-TV in Chicago. He then moved to Los Angeles as co-anchor of the nightly news at KNXT-TV. Musburger received the 2011 National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Football Hall of Fame Outstanding Contributor to Amateur Football Award, as well as named to the 2011 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) Hall of Fame.