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Bryant Gumbel Exits NFL Network Booth

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.”