- Greg Gumbel
name = Greg Gumbel
birth_date = birth date and age|1946|5|3
New Orleans, Louisiana
spouse = Marcy Gumbel
parents = Richard Dunbar Gumbel and Rhea Alice LeCesne
children = One daughter
Greg Gumbel (born
May 3, 1946) is an American television sportscaster. He is best known for his various assignments on the CBSnetwork (most notably, the National Football Leagueand NCAA basketball). The brother of news personality Bryant Gumbel, he became the first African Americanannouncer to call play-by-playof a major sports championship in the United Stateswhen he announced Super Bowl XXXVfor the CBSnetwork in 2001. He is of Creole ancestry.
Gumbel was born in
New Orleans, Louisiana, the first child of parents Richard Gumbel and Rhea Alice LeCesne. Before becoming a broadcaster, Gumbel graduated with a B.A. degree in English from Loras Collegein Dubuque, Iowa. Also has two sisters Renee Gumbel–Farrahi and Rhonda Robertson.
In 1973, Greg's brother
Bryant Gumbelinformed him that a Chicago TV station ( WMAQ-TV) was auditioning for a sports announcer. At the time, Greg was selling hospital supplies in Detroit. He ultimately got the job and worked there for seven years. The sportscaster he replaced, Dennis Swanson, went on to become president of ABC Sports.
Prior to his rising to prominence at CBS, Gumbel worked for MSG,
ESPN, and WFANradio in New York City. At ESPN, he anchored Sportscenterand did play-by-play for early NBAgames on the network. On MSG, Gumbel served as a backup announcer for Marv Alberton New York Knicksbroadcasts as well as providing coverage for college basketball. When MSG signed a huge contract to broadcast New York Yankeesgames in 1989, Gumbel served as host of the pregame and postgame shows. In addition to his MSG duties, he was the host of the first radio morning show on radio station WFAN.
First CBS stint
Gumbel's CBS career began with part-time work as an NFL announcer in 1988. Starting in 1989, Gumbel began announcing college basketball as well. He became host of "
The NFL Today" (alongside Terry Bradshaw) for the 1990 to 1993 seasons. He also anchored CBS' coverage of Major League Baseball, college football, and CBS' coverage for the Daytona 500.
He was the
prime timeanchor for the 1994 Winter Olympic Games from Lillehammer, Norwayand co-anchor for the weekday morning broadcasts of the 1992 Winter Olympicsfrom Albertville, France.
Gumbel moved to NBC in 1994 following CBS' losses of the NFL and Major League Baseball. While at NBC, Gumbel hosted NBC's coverage of the
1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He also did play-by-play for the by|1995 Major League Baseball National League Division Series and National League Championship Series (on both occasions, teaming with Joe Morgan), did play-by-play for "The NBA on NBC", hosted NBC's daytime coverage of the 1996 Summer Olympicsfrom Atlanta, Georgia, hosted the 1995 World Championships of Figure Skating and served as the studio host for "The NFL on NBC".
Current CBS career
When CBS regained coverage of the NFL in 1998, Gumbel moved back to CBS. Gumbel was "The NFL on CBS"' lead announcer between 1998 and 2003, calling two
Super Bowls (alongside Phil Simms). For the 2004 NFL season, Gumbel traded positions with Jim Nantzas host of "The NFL Today" while Nantz would take over as lead announcer. At the end of the 2005 NFL season, Gumbel was replaced as studio host of the " The NFL Today" pre-game show by James Brown. Gumbel returned to the broadcast booth as the #2 play-by-play man, replacing Dick Enberg, alongside color man Dan Dierdorf.
Besides the NFL, Gumbel's other primary work for CBS is as studio host for the NCAA men's basketball tournament coverage. He has held this position since he moved back to CBS.
Greg, his wife Marcy, brother Bryant and their married daughter Michelle, all reside in the Ft. Lauderdale area.
Gumbel is the third man to serve as both host and play-by-play announcer for Super Bowls (the first two were
Dick Enbergand Al Michaelsrespectively). He hosted Super Bowls XXVI, XXX and XXXII before calling Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVIII. Jim Nantz became the fourth man to do so after he called Super Bowl XLIfor CBS.
During his tenure as the chief anchor of "
The NFL Today" he served alongside co-anchors Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, and Boomer Esiason. The group was known to call him by his nickname "Gumby."
*1990–1993; 2004-2005: "
The NFL Today" - Studio host
NCAA Basketball on CBS" - Play-by-Play
*1992: Winter Olympics - Weekend morning host
*1994: Winter Olympics - Primetime host
*1994: Major League Baseball All-Star Game - Host
*1994–1995: "MLB on NBC" - #2 Play-by-play
NFL on NBC" - Studio host
NBA on NBC" - #2 Play-by-play
*1995: World Figure Skating Championships - Host
NFL on CBS- Lead play-by-play
NCAA Basketball on CBS" - Studio host
College World Series on CBS" - Play-by-play
NFL on CBS" - #2 Play-by-play
*2007–present: Host of syndicated "Economic Development Report"
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