Brent Musburger has retired from traditional broadcasting and now finds himself working on a Vegas sports gambling show, but after yesterday it seems like it won’t be a tough transition for the former CBS and ESPN broadcaster.
Because yesterday Musburger, who recently said he never bet on a game he announced, amended his pervious answer saying he did—once.
“One time. A long time ago I was doing an NBA game. It was in Portland in the ’80s. Lakers-Trail Blazers and the director was legendary Tony Verna, who started instant replay in the (1963) Army-Navy game. I took the Lakers (plus) three points. The bet was dinner for the production team, which I suppose would have been 300 bucks,” he explained. “The Blazers were up by 4, well inside of one minute. Shot clock. The Lakers came across (half court) and a kid by the name of Kurt Rambis jacked up this outrageous shot, and I was all over him! So I paid off the bet, bought the dinner and said to myself: ‘You know, that was not good. That was just not good. You do not want the spread to influence how you are announcing a game.’ I always knew what the number was on every game I did. I told (former ABC executive) Dennis Swanson: I’m not going to bet on games I broadcast. I’ll bet on other games."
So it seems the Blazers-Lakers game is the only big secret Musburger was hiding. But considering just last week he said he never had, maybe it will go up next week.
I hope so, gambling stories are hilarious.
Well, other people’s are.
Source: Awful Announcing