Marv Albert to call more college basketball broadcasts?

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It’s looking like Marv Albert, one of the most respected basketball commentators to ever call the game, will be doing more college basketball games beginning next season, according to a report from Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing.

Albert will no longer call NFL games on CBS and focus instead on the basketball side of things, which includes the 72-year-old Albert calling NBA games on TNT and the NCAA Tournament for the Turner/CBS alliance. The lack of the NFL in Albert’s schedule will also mean the veteran broadcaster gets more regular season college basketball assignments, as well.

“Working with Marv and having his voice on our NFL coverage the past three years has been a privilege for all of us at CBS Sports. We look forward to continuing our relationship on college basketball, both in the regular season and the NCAA Tournament,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said to Yoder.

While the news of Albert calling a few extra regular season games isn’t Earth-shattering news in the college basketball world, it will be nice to get Albert’s voice on some more games while also getting him more involved with college basketball before the start of the NCAA Tournament.

Now, Albert should at least be familiar with a few of the premier teams up-close entering the NCAA Tournament each season and Albert shouldn’t go into the broadcasts with minimal exposure to each team. It’s a win for college basketball fans looking for more out of the NBA guys on the NCAA Tournament telecast while also giving the college game another trusted voice in the regular season.

“I started feeling this toward the end of last NFL season,” Albert said to Yoder. ” I love everyone I work with. Sean (McManus) has been tremendous. As much as I’ve enjoyed doing the NFL over the years I had to cut down. The NBA season and the addition of calling the NCAA Tournament kept extending what I was doing.

“I’m happy about it, I’ll watch (the NFL) of course, there are aspects I’ll miss about doing NFL games but basketball is my passion and now the season goes from mid-October to the beginning of June with the NCAA and NBA,”

Jim Nantz to be honored by NABC Foundation

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On this coming Thursday evening in New York City, CBS Sports lead commentator Jim Nantz will be honored by the NABC Foundation (National Association of Basketball Coaches).

In 2013, Nantz called the play-by-play for his 28th consecutive NCAA Men’s Final Four.

According to the NABC website:

The NABC Foundation Court of Honor Gala was developed to bring recognition to an individual and the game of basketball while raising foundation awareness and important financial support to the NABC Foundation, including TTRR (Ticket To Reading Rewards), a middle school reading program…The Court of Honor Gala Award is presented to an individual, businessman, educator, etc., who has roots in college basketball, values those roots in the game and has gone on to distinguish himself in his profession, exhibiting the highest standards for leadership.

Nantz is synonymous with March Madness. Although some have been critical of him and his partner Clark Kellogg during their calls of NCAA Tournament games, there is little doubt that Nantz is one of the best and the business, and has a legacy second to none. Nantz is more than just college basketball, though:

Since joining the CBS Television Network in 1985, Nantz has covered virtually every sport. After serving as host of CBS’s coverage of the NCAA Tournament and Final Four from 1986 to 1990, he assumed the role of lead play-by-play announcer. Nantz has been the lead play-by-play voice for THE NFL ON CBS since 2004 and has anchored the network’s golf coverage since April 1994. In 2007, he had the rare opportunity over a span of just 63 days to broadcast Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears, the NCAA Final Four and the Masters®. Nantz repeated that feat in 2010 and won his second consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-By-Play.

Past recipients have been Jerry Colangelo, chairman of USA Basketball, in 2009; Former Senator Bill Bradley in 2010; and Nike, Inc., Chairman Phil Knight in 2011.

To support the NABC Foundation, there is also an online auction taking place. Notable items up for grabs are meet-and-greets with some of college basketball’s most high-profile coaches–Bill Self, Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, John Beilein, Mike Brey, and Brad Stevens–tours of the school’s basketball facilities, and tickets to games.

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Cure those summer hoops blues

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Lack of college hoops got you down? CBS College Sports has you covered. (At least for the next week or so.)

The network is replaying the entire 2010 NCAA tournament through next Monday. (Complete schedule is here.) That means games like Butler-Duke, Kansas-Northern Iowa and Maryland-Michigan State can seen again, which is good news for the likes of you and me.

The one you probably shouldn’t miss? Kansas State vs. Xavier at 11:30 a.m. ET on July 25. Nobody except fans of both teams will remember it in five years, but I thought it was the tournament’s best game.

(H/T: Rush the Court).

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