Brent Musburger announces his retirement from sports broadcasting

All good things contingency come to an end, right?


Legendary sports broadcaster Brent Musburger announced on Wednesday that he is timid from sportscasting during a age of 77. Musburger has been a tack of sports broadcasting given a 1970s. Since 1990, he has served as a horde and play-by-play commentator for mixed sports on ABC, ESPN, and SEC Network. Prior to his attainment there, he was with CBS for 15 years.

Here’s Musburger’s matter from ESPN’s official release announcing his retirement:

“What a smashing tour we have trafficked with CBS and a Disney company,” Musburger said. “A adore of sports allows me to live a life of unconstrained pleasure. And make no mistake, we will skip a arenas and stadiums dearly. Most of all, we will skip a folks we have met along a trail.

“But a subsequent rodeo for me is in Las Vegas. Stop by and we’ll share a cold one and some good stories. we competence even buy!”

He will call his final sporting eventuality on Tuesday, Jan. 31, Georgia during Kentucky from Rupp Arena.

According to a Associated Press, Musburger has skeleton to pierce to Las Vegas and start a sports handicapping business with his family.

He was one of a many signature and mythological sportscasters of several sports fans’ lifetimes, including my own. His famous “You are looking live” catchphrase became a tack of some of a best of sporting events around a country:

Now we aren’t here to raise on Musburger, who has had his satisfactory share of slipups, as some broadcasters do. He came underneath glow progressing this month after his comments per Oklahoma regulating behind Joe Mixon, whose video display him punching a lady in a face was expelled to a open in December. Musburger, who was job a Sugar Bowl between OU and Auburn, referred to a regulating behind as “one of a best”:

“It was troubling, really discouraging to see,” Musburger pronounced of Mixon (apparently a videotape, specifically). “We’ve talked to a coaches. They all swear that a immature male is doing fine. Like we said, Oklahoma suspicion he competence even transfer, though he sat out a suspension, reinstated, and, folks, he’s only one of a best, and let’s hope, given a second possibility by Bob Stoops and Oklahoma, let’s wish that this immature male creates a many of his possibility and goes on to have a career …”

That was met with a ton of recoil on amicable media. He afterwards attempted to travel behind on these comments, that done a conditions a lot worse:

Let me make something ideally clear. What he did with that immature lady was brutal, uncalled for. He’s apologized. He was tearful. He got a second chance. He got a second possibility from Bob Stoops. we occur to lift for people with second chances, OK? Let me make it positively transparent that we wish he has a smashing career and he teaches people with that brutal, aroused video. OK?”

Per a AP’s reporting, these new comments do not have anything to do with Musburger’s retirement.

Musburger done some eyebrow-raising comments before this. During a 2013 National Championship Game between Alabama and Notre Dame, a camera showed Tide quarterback AJ McCarron’s then-girlfriend Katherine Webb. Musberger done some creepy-at-best comments about Webb’s attractiveness, including enlivening “youngster[s] in Alabama” to start throwing a football in hopes of apropos quarterbacks during a college one day since quarterbacks “have all a luck.” ESPN later released an apology for his comments.

Musburger’s pierce to Las Vegas shouldn’t come as a outrageous surprise. The broadcaster became famous for regulating gambling references as he was job games, including phrases such as “it is critical to some” or referencing “friends in a desert.”

“I am really wakeful about what’s going on,” Musburger said, around a Sports Business Daily Journal. “I know when spreads or over/unders are covered. That’s not a categorical indicate of importance in covering a ballgame. I’m wakeful that a lot of people are meddlesome in it and extract in it. Nobody has ever pronounced anything to me. Executives know a appeal.”

He was also one of a announcers of a Las Vegas Bowl, starting in 2010, and called it each deteriorate from 2013-16.

We can all take a impulse to conclude Musburger, whose broadcasts can be ranked adult there with a Keith Jacksons of sports. He’s been on palm for some flattering iconic moments, too:

Not to mention, his diversion tie during times was both nationalistic and fantastic:

There was also this ungainly nonetheless waggish talk Musburger had alongside Kirk Herbstreit with rapper Eminem during a 2013 Michigan-Notre Dame game, that can be summed adult in a singular GIF:

Here’s ESPN President John Skipper’s matter from a central release, that sums adult Musburger’s career flattering perfectly:

“Brent’s participation and smoothness have come to designate large time sports for mixed generations of fans. When he opens with his signature ‘You are looking live,’ we lay adult true in your chair since we know something critical is about to happen. Brent’s catalog of large events is unmatched, and he has decently guided us by some of a many thespian and noted moments in sports with his authentic and particular style. He is one of a best storytellers to ever beauty a sports booth. We and a fans will skip him.”

Thanks, Brent.


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