April 6, 1990
CBS-TV, which fired Brent Musburger last Sunday, filled the resulting hole in its baseball coverage Thursday by moving veteran Jack Buck into the lead announcer's slot. The network, which outbid NBC and ABC for network coverage this season after having been absent from the baseball scene since the 1960s, will show 16 regular-season games, the All-Star game, the playoffs and the World Series.
January 9, 2013 |
ESPN has apologized for Brent Musburger's comments about Katherine Webb during the BCS national championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame, even though the beauty queen apparently did not find his words offensive. "If he had worded it different and said we were hot, or sexy, or commented on our body parts, it would have been completely different," Webb, the reigning Miss Alabama USA, told Esquire. "I didn't take any offense to it, because I think it's OK for a man to tell a woman that she's beautiful, no matter what age. " During the game's broadcast, the 73-year-old Musburger gave Webb, who is dating Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, a lot of attention. "You quarterbacks," Musburger said.
December 31, 1990 |
Life after football for Brent Musburger has been a series of Sundays spent strolling art museums and hiking mountains--in other words, hell for a sports reporter who loves the gridiron. "While I enjoyed being with my wife, I couldn't get the NFL out of my system," Musburger says in next week's TV Guide. "This was the first season I didn't have an NFL game or show since I covered the Chicago Bears in 1963 as a newspaperman. It was so much a part of my life for so long."
April 6, 1990 |
Ousted CBS sportscaster Brent Musburger told a national television audience Thursday night that the network's decision not to renew his contract was the result of a vendetta against him by CBS Sports President Neal Pilson and executive producer Ted Shaker. Musburger claimed they are "spreading venom" and out to "defame" him. "They conspired to get me out of CBS," Musburger told ABC's Sam Donaldson in an interview broadcast on "PrimeTime Live."
April 11, 1990 |
You sit in mild shock, reconstructing what has happened in the wake of Brent Musburger's uncoupling by CBS. What you have is an uncomplicated case of a television guy getting bounced. What has resulted is an earthly crisis, leaving you to ponder several points, none of which is important, but all of which tend to show intriguing interest in television reporting. Sports events on TV today seem to pale in importance to the way they are announced.
April 2, 1990 |
The initial reaction dealt with the calendar, rather than the Sunday announcement that announcer Brent Musburger had been fired by CBS. It was, after all, April 1, and it also was the day before Musburger was to handle play-by-play of the NCAA championship basketball game. "CBS Sports announced today that it had declined to renew Brent Musburger's employment agreement, which expires within the next few months," CBS spokeswoman Susan Kerr told reporters.
April 14, 1990 |
Brent Musburger couldn't leave well enough alone. After his final CBS telecast, Musburger showed class when he simply said thanks and told viewers, "See you down the road." But Musburger's ego got the best of him. He had to go on other networks and attack his former bosses, claiming they had a vendetta against him. Musburger said he was simply being honest. In his mind, there had to be a reason that CBS chose not to renew his contract. I'm Brent Musburger!
August 8, 1991 |
Brent Musburger, perhaps under the impression that it's the Ugly American Broadcasting Co. he works for, says he is upset at conditions in Cuba during the Pan American Games. "There are tremendous shortages of food," he told USA Today's Rudy Martzke. "Why, our hotel ran out of chicken after yesterday. Come on, after only three days? "These hotels haven't changed since the 1960s. They have the same creaky doors on the pink bathtubs. You look out a window and see a '51 Chevy going by.
April 3, 1990 |
Joe Garagiola was answering calls from baseball fans on a radio talk show in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, when he got what he thought was a crank call. The caller wanted to know why CBS had fired announcer Brent Musburger. "I said, 'Hey, that's got to be an April Fool's joke,' " Garagiola said. "But then I saw Connie Chung talking about it on television, and I couldn't believe it. They shocked me with the timing of it."