Time expires for Gumbel, NFL Network


After two years of calling games for the NFL Network, Bryant Gumbel is leaving the field.

The NFL Network said Friday that Gumbel won't be back for a third season for the channel's eight-game package. The NFL Network declined comment about his departure, which apparently was a mutual decision.

The choice of Gumbel as the network's first play-by-play announcer raised eyebrows in 2006, when the channel tapped him and analyst Cris Collinsworth as its broadcast team for the Thursday night and Saturday night games late in the season. Gumbel had never done football play-by-play before, though the former "Today" host had a long résumé in broadcasting, including stints as an NFL pregame host.

Gumbel's day job is as host of the Emmy-winning "Real Sports" on HBO.

The NFL Network said Collinsworth will remain as the analyst and that it would start working on finding a new play-by-play announcer.