Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, June 30, 1999
Top pick uncertain for tonight's NBA draft
NEW YORK (AP) — Marv Albert can thank Fox for his return to NBC.
That's because NBC sports chairman Dick Ebersol read recent reports
that Albert and Fox were negotiating a deal for Albert to join the network's
So Ebersol acted quickly, bringing Albert back to NBC, where he began
his network career in 1977.
"I was actually reading that Marv was in discussions with Fox, and it
told me that this was the opportunity to move or we wouldn't be able to
do this for three or four years," Ebersol said. "I realized I'd better
Albert returned to NBC after being fired less than two years ago after
he pleaded guilty in a sex case.
Fox executive producer Ed Goren understood Albert's decision.
"On the one hand, we were looking forward to Marv being part of the
NFL on Fox, but I'm thrilled that Marv will be back on NBC, where he belongs,"
Albert, who once again will announce NBA games for the network, called
his return "kind of a euphoria — a nice, weird feeling."
"I'm just so happy to be back. ... There will be plenty of national
exposures and I'm very satisfied to come home," he said.
Albert won't return to his former role as the network's top play-by-play
man for NBA games, but will complement its existing broadcast teams.
Albert, who agreed to a multiyear deal, will work about 15 regular-season
NBA games and the first four weekends of the playoffs. He will also be
involved in boxing telecasts during the 2000 Olympics and hockey in the
2002 Winter Games.
Albert began his national comeback this season when he was hired by
Turner Sports in February to work NBA games.
He will make his return to NBC, where he worked from 1977-1997, before
the end of the year — probably on a studio show or NBC's first NBA telecast
on Christmas Day.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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