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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 NFL coverage.

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 react immediately."

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," Goren said.

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.
 



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