Brent Musburger

Play-by-Play Commentator

One of the most recognized and prominent voices in the history of sports television, Brent Musburger has served since 1990 as a host and play-by-play commentator for multiple sports across ABC, ESPN and SEC Network. Currently, Musburger primarily works college football and basketball game telecasts, highlighted by SEC Network football since the network launched in 2014 and ESPN college basketball (Big 12 Conference starting with the 2009-10 season and SEC Conference since the start of the 2016-17 schedule.  He also has worked a handful of bowl games, including the 2016 Rose Bowl and the 2017 Sugar Bowl.

Musburger began his in local television in 1968 and has been on the national stage since 1975.  He joined ABC in May 1990 after 15 years as CBS Sports’ primary host and play-by-play commentator.  For CBS, he was host or play-by-play on NFL games and the ground-breaking The NFL Today, the NCAA Final Four, tennis’ US Open, the NBA, the Masters, the Belmont Stakes and the College World Series. He also did baseball play-by-play for CBS Radio.

For ABC and ESPN, Musburger has hosted and/or called play-by-play for the NBA, college football (including seven BCS Championship Games) and basketball, golf, NASCAR and IRL races and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.  He called the Little League World Series from 2000-11.  He also hosted Super Bowl XXV’s pre-game and half-time shows as well as the 1991 Pan Am Games from Cuba.

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 for many years called NBA play-by-play, including The NBA Finals.

Born in Portland, Ore., and raised in Montana, 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.

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