Bryant Gumbel Exits NFL Network Booth

Apr 11, 2008  •  Post A Comment

After two seasons calling plays for NFL Network, Bryant Gumbel has opted out of future duties as the voice of the games for the channel.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to call NFL Network games the past two years, which was a new experience for me,” said Mr. Gumbel. “But we’ve agreed that we’d all be better served going in different directions. There are a lot of talented people at NFL Network. I thank them, I wish them well, and I have no doubt that they will be very successful going forward.”
Although Mr. Gumbel had taken his share of lumps from critics for his role in the broadcast booth, NFL Network still maintained an upward ratings trend over the course of the season, peaking with the simulcast game featuring the undefeated New England Patriots versus eventual Super Bowl Champion the New York Giants in the season finale.
“We appreciate everything Bryant did in helping us launch our NFL Network game telecasts,” said NFL Network President and CEO Steve Bornstein. “Bryant helped create interest in our first foray into televising NFL regular-season games. He is one of the great broadcasters of our time and we are honored to have worked with him.”

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  1. Bryant Gumble is too good for the NFL Network he is a true journalist and broadcaster and he is fair. We are at a period in our country where mediocrity has replaced ability. Bryant is what I call a professionial journalist. My moto is “journalism is a profession and a true journalist has an obsession for the truth.”

  2. Thank you God! Bryant’s voice was not suited for the NFL. He is better suited for figure skating or gymnastics.

  3. Football fans can rejoice. Bryant may have some talents, but play-by-play football is definitely not among them. His forced exit will open the door for a qualified professional to take over.

  4. Good riddance. Gumble was an interviewer who thrust himself into the role of play-by-play announcer and the result was a failed experiment. Gumble’s notorious arrogance was of no use to him in the harsh spotlight of play-by-play where quality of voice and in-depth knowledge of the professional game is paramount. That thin, reedy and near-inaudible whisper of a voice won’t be missed one whit.
    Catch him next doing the weekeend weather in Amarllo.

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