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Marv Albert Joins CBS' NFL Team

Marv Albert
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Marv Albert

The longtime sports broadcaster will serve as a play-by-play announcer.

Marv Albert is heading into the booth as a play-by-play announcer for CBS’ coverage of the National Football League, the network announced Monday.

The longtime broadcaster currently has gigs serving as the play-by-play announcer for TNT’s Thursday night NBA regular season and playoff coverage as well as Turner Sports and CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

“Marv Albert is recognized throughout sports broadcasting as one of its true legends,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said in a statement announcing the news. “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.”   

Albert has a long and storied career in the booth, previously covering Monday Night Football from 2002-09 alongside former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason for Westwood One Radio. He covered the NFL for NBC from 1977-97.

Albert, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery charges and was given a 12-month suspended sentence after his trial for sexual assault in 1997, also served as an announcer for NBC’s Jerry Seinfeld-produced reality series The Marriage Ref.

Albert’s son, Kenny Albert, is a play-by-play announcer for Fox, covering the NFL and Major League Baseball.

Talks resumed Monday during the NFL lockout as owners considered a possible eight-game season.