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By New York Times | December 4, 1991
NEW YORK -- Bryant Gumbel signed a new three-year contract yesterday to remain as anchor of the NBC News program "Today."That announcement came a day after NBC News named Jeff Zucker, 26, as the weekday program's new executive producer.Gumbel has been the program's anchor since January 1982. His previous three-year contract expired two weeks ago, and he has been on vacation since then. He is due back from vacation on Monday.A "Today" staff member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Zucker's promotion from supervising producer to executive producer was a factor in keeping Gumbel, who is close to Zucker and a strong backer of his abilities.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
With Greg Gumbel and Trent Green as the CBS broadcast team on today's Ravens game, I was eager to see how Gumbel would fare without his old, gaffe-prone partner Dan Dierdorf. I figured Gumbel had to be better, right? Wrong. “Welcome back to an absolutely beautiful day in Baltimore, Maryland,” Gumbel said in his opening remarks as viewers saw an overhead shot of M&T Bank Stadium. “The sun is shining, the temperature is 78 degrees on this last day of September ...” Oops.
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By RAY FRAGER | February 15, 1992
CBS morning Olympic co-host Greg Gumbel has a favorite part of his weekday, 7-9 program. It's 1 p.m. in Albertville when Gumbel signs on, and events are happening all over -- even if CBS doesn't choose to show us many."
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2012
I did not think Sunday-afternoon football, one of the great pleasures of my life, could get any worse than watching the CBS team of Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf calling the game back in October with the Houston Texans whipping the Ravens. But it got worse Sunday with Gumbel and Dierdorf at the microphone while Denver dismantled the Ravens 34-17. It was worse, because the offense and Joe Flacco now look totally lost. But I'll leave it to The Sun writers who cover the team to dissect the problems on the field and in the locker room.
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By MILTON KENT | February 9, 1995
In 1981, when he left NBC Sports to become host of "Today," Bryant Gumbel vowed not to venture back into the athletic realm, save for a stint as host of the 1988 Summer Olympics."
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By Milton Kent | November 9, 1995
Here's today's little-known fact: Bryant Gumbel was nearly an employee of this newspaper's sports section.That's right, the ultra-cool host of NBC's "Today" show, which visited Charm City yesterday, was nearly an ink-stained wretch on these very pages.It seems that former Sun sports editor Bob Maisel offered the young Gumbel a job here in 1972. But while Gumbel was mulling over the offer, his father died. In the succeeding period, Gumbel, who had been writing sports in his native Chicago, got a broadcast audition.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | September 22, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- Steve Friedman, former executive producer of NBC's "Today" show, said anchorman Bryant Gumbel did not sexually denigrate female staffers, especially Jane Pauley, whom, a new book charges, he nicknamed with a four-letter vulgarity."
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 11, 1994
Don't get Greg Gumbel started on clothes.His brother, Bryant, was ripped by critics for everything from being aloof to wearing designer suits while acting as a television host for the 1988 Summer Olympics.And when Paula Zahn and Tim McCarver served as co-hosts of the 1992 Winter Olympics, they were zapped for their wooden manner and their precious sweaters."Jim McKay wore a yellow blazer, for goodness sakes," Gumbel said. "A yellow blazer."With Gumbel in the anchor seat for CBS' coverage of the 1994 Winter Games, get set for a new age in Olympic broadcasting.
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By RAY FRAGER | February 25, 1994
What has been the best thing about CBS' Winter Olympics coverage?Dave's mom? Chris Evert's husband? Will McDonough's son?No, it's been Bryant Gumbel's brother.As prime-time host, Greg Gumbel sometimes practically has faded from view. On nights heavy with events and features, he might do little more than usher us from segment to another.But Gumbel is impeccable in the studio, and the more of him, the better. He can set up the night's programming, narrate highlights or conduct an interview with equal facility.
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By MILTON KENT | October 17, 1994
NEW YORK -- Greg Gumbel, Joe Gibbs and Mike Ditka watch football about the same way you do, with a bunch of pizzas, chicken wings and soft drinks.Of course you don't have eight television monitors, five cameras and scores of people around as you check out NFL action, but then, watching pro football on Sundays isn't your job.It is their job, and on this Sunday, Gumbel, the host of NBC's "NFL Live" pre-game show, and Ditka and Gibbs, the show's analysts, are...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2012
I cannot remember watching a football telecast and learning less than I did from the CBS crew Sunday in the Baltimore Ravens 25-15 win over the Cleveland Browns. And the reason for that is simple: Rich Gannon is almost as lazy in his commitment to explaining what's happening on the field as my other favorite CBS Sports analyst, Dan Dierdorf. In fairness, Gannon didn't have stretches where he seemed to be asleep or totally out of it as Dierdorf does, but I can't think of anyone in any booth covering football, or baseball or basketball, for that matter, who seemed less interested in taking me inside the game than Gannon was with the Ravens on Sunday.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2011
Maybe there is a TV Santa Claus. CBS Sports televised the Baltimore Ravens against the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Eve, and the network didn't force local viewers to endure Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf in the booth. Happy holidays to you, too, Sean McManus, former Baltimore resident and current president of CBS Sports. Thanks for having a little mercy on us. I'm not saying the broadcast team CBS gave us, Spero Dedes and Rich Gannon, was great guns. But it was better than we have been getting lately on the home of “Hawaii Five-O” and the 10,000 other prime-time shows I saw endless promos for on Saturday afternoon.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2011
By David Zurawik The Baltimore Sun At least they brought some energy to the Ravens telecast. Give Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker that Sunday. It could have been worse - much worse. CBS Sports could have used Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf to cover Sunday's game in the rain in Cleveland against the Browns. And I would have been asleep five minutes into the first quarter. Some intensity from a CBS broadcast team in the booth was nice for a change. But let's not get carried away.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2011
Let's be honest, I expected one of the worst Ravens' broadcasts of the year Sunday. It was bad enough that CBS Sports, which has gone three-for-three in seriously flawed Ravens telecasts this season, was covering the game. But worse yet, it was the CBS team of Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf calling it. There is no sports broadcaster more reviled in these parts than Dierdorf. In fact, last season, I had to elevate my review rhetoric to a new high (or low) and invoke the word "gasbag" to describe him. (It has since been used at this blog for several CBS sportscasters who act like they know and get it oh-so-wrong way too often for the salaries they are being paid.)
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By RAY FRAGER | July 18, 2008
Dishing out sports media notes while waiting for the next episode of the new summer series on Fox News, The Greta and Brett Show: *The hiring of Bob Papa as the NFL Network's play-by-play voice - a long-anticipated move announced this week - means a switch in outlook on the games from the perspective offered by Bryant Gumbel. That's according to the man sitting behind the analyst microphone for the Thursday night package, Cris Collinsworth. "With Bryant, I was always interested in his take on the games because Bryant has a way of seeing a very broad picture of the NFL and big picture of where the NFL fits in the world, obviously with all his news background and such," Collinsworth said, according to highlights of a conference call.
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By RAY FRAGER | November 16, 2007
Tripping through the sports media world while thinking that Aubrey Huff probably wishes he had appeared on SpongeBob SquarePants rather than Bubba the Love Sponge: The NFL Network returns for its second year of regular-season telecasts Thursday at 8 p.m. with the Indianapolis Colts at the Atlanta Falcons. Much of the criticism during the first season centered on play-by-play man Bryant Gumbel, who brought a long broadcasting resume to the booth, but one without many entries for play-by-play.
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By Milton Kent | August 13, 1998
Only the most die-hard 49ers or Seahawks fan, or those with a certain short-term financial investment, will have more than a passing interest in Saturday night's San Francisco-Seattle NFL preseason game (Channel 13, 8 p.m.).The only lasting significance to the game is to get a preview on how CBS will cover professional football after four years on the sidelines, and in the midst of that preview will be announcers Greg Gumbel and Phil Simms.The former NBC pair will make their debut as CBS' No. 1 football-broadcasting team with some curiosity attached to their performance.
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By Hartford Courant | January 6, 1992
New York -- Here is the conventional wisdom about NBC "Today" show anchor Bryant Gumbel: He's pompous, he's humorless, he thinks too much of himself and, oh yeah, he doesn't treat his female co-anchors with enough respect.But, as the 43-year-old newsman pointed out the other day in an interview in his Manhattan office, "I've been here 10 years and we've been No. 1 for . . . half of those years, so I can't be that much of a deadbeat."Ten years ago today, Mr. Gumbel became anchor on "Today," the show that started network morning television 40 years ago Jan. 14.Mr.
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By RAY FRAGER | August 22, 2006
Bryant Gumbel was talking about Gene Upshaw's leash, but the real question now is whether someone will try to put a leash on Gumbel. The longtime broadcaster irked outgoing NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue with his commentary at the end of the recent edition of HBO's Real Sports (which is, by the way, an excellent program that ranks as one of the few on television practicing sports journalism). Gumbel was addressing Tagliabue's replacement, Roger Goodell. According to a transcript from HBO, here is the offending passage: "First of all, before he cleans out his office, have Paul Tagliabue show you where he keeps Gene Upshaw's leash.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 13, 2001
On Day 1 of terrorist attack coverage, television news seemed to understand so well its larger cultural role as a reassuring presence. But it was a different story on Day 2 as the networks and cable channels struggled to find the right tone and story lines worthy of nonstop coverage. Part of the problem was simply one of stamina. After putting in more than 12 hours on the air Tuesday, you couldn't expect to see Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings - the trio most responsible for talking us through Day 1 of terrorist attacks in New York and Washington - on the air first thing Wednesday.
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