CBS adds Marv Albert to NFL broadcast team


The next season of “The NFL on CBS” – assuming there is a season – will have legendary sports broadcaster Marv Albert as a play-by-play announcer for NFL games for CBS Sports.

“Marv Albert is recognized throughout sports broadcasting as one of its true legends. Very few in the broadcasting industry can claim his combined accomplishments and remarkable longevity.  We are extremely excited to add Marv to our NFL on CBS team,” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports.

Despite the new NFL duties for CBS, Albert will continue in his lead role as basketball play-by-play announcer for TNT’s exclusive Thursday night NBA regular-season and playoff coverage.  He also serves as play-by-play for CBS Sports’ and Turner Sports’ coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

The expansion of Albert’s play-by-play activities to football came with the blessing of Turner Sports, which already shares Alpert with CBS for NCAA basketball.

“For more then five decades, Marv has been the voice of a generation of sports fans.  He is the best play by play announcer in the history of the National Basketball Association and, in my opinion, one of the true broadcasting icons in sports television history.  We’re pleased he will bring his talents to CBS for their NFL coverage and look forward to many more years of Marv at courtside for our telecasts of the NBA on TNT, as well as our joint coverage with CBS for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, said David Levy: President of Sales, Distribution and Sports, Turner Broadcasting System.

Albert last did NFL play-by-play for Westwood One Radio’s coverage of Monday Night Football from 2002-09 alongside Boomer Esiason. He worked for NBC Sports from 1977 to 1997, announcing the NFL on NBC for 19 years, as well as college basketball, boxing, NHL All-Star Games, baseball studio and pre-game shows. Albert served as the primary play-by-play voice for the NBA on NBC.  He rejoined NBC from 2000-02 for its NBA coverage.

Albert was the voice of the New Jersey Nets on the YES Network from 2005-11 and was the voice of the New York Knicks for 37 years and the New York Rangers for 39 years, working for Madison Square Garden (MSG) Network. 

Sports broadcasting is apparently in the Albert family blood. Marv’s brother, Al Albert, has been the longtime voice of the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers, while his brother Steve Albert calls boxing for Showtime. His son, Kenny Albert, is one of MSG’s voices for New York Rangers’ games on radio, as well as play-by-play for Fox’s NFL and MLB coverage. Albert has three other children: Brian, Denise, who co-hosts “Moms In the City,” an NBC-affiliated broadcast, and Jackie.