Brent Musburger

If you do not recognize Brent Musburger by name, you probably would by voice. After all, he has been in your living room since the 1960s. Musburger is a sportscaster who rose to prominence covering a variety of major ... Read more »
Born: 05/25/1939 in Portland, Oregon, USA

Filmography

Actor (28)

Planes: Fire and Rescue 2014 (Movie)

Brent Mustangburger (Voice)

Planes 2013 (Movie)

Brent Mustangburger (Voice)

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

Brent Mustangburger (Voice)

Happy Endings 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mickey 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Super Bowl XXXIV 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Sportscasters: Behind the Mike 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Campbell's Soups Champions on Ice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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South Park 1998 (Tv Show)

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State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Waterboy 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Super Bowl XXIX 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Play by Play: A History of Sports Television 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Super Bowl XXV 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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CBS' Happy New Year America 1989 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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We the People 200: The Constitution Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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CBS' Happy New Year America 1986 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Greatest Sports Upsets 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The U.S. Open Tennis Championship 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The U.S. Open Tennis Championships 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Rocky II 1979 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

The Main Event 1979 (Movie)

TV Show Host (Actor)

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

If you do not recognize Brent Musburger by name, you probably would by voice. After all, he has been in your living room since the 1960s. Musburger is a sportscaster who rose to prominence covering a variety of major sports including the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and NCAA football and basketball games. He has worked in virtually each facet of the broadcast business as a studio host, play-by-play person, halftime and postgame host, as well as anchoring coverage of championship trophy presentations. Musburger, who is credited as the first broadcaster to apply the term "March Madness" to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship tournament, is a member of the Montana Broadcaster's Association Hall of Fame. He is married to Arlene Clare Sander since 1963 and has two children, Blake Musburger and Scott Musburger. In his long and accomplished career, Brent Musburger has called some of the greatest moments in American sports.

Brent Woody Musburger was born on May 26, 1939 in Portland, OR, though he was raised in Billings, MT. Musburger was an occasional troublemaker as a kid; at 12 years old, he and his brother stole his family cleaning lady's car. Shortly after, Musburger attended Shattuck Military Academy in Fairbault, MN. He continued his education at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Musburger served as a minor league baseball umpire in the 1950s, but his professional career truly started at the Chicago American newspaper. In 1968, Musburger started a long-term association with CBS, first with WBBM radio and later for WBBM-TV. His television career with CBS took off from there, and Musburger started NFL play-by-play coverage for CBS Sports in 1973. In 1975 Musburger began hosting the network's pro football studio show, "The NFL Today." During his tenure, "The NFL Today" was consistently the top-rated pregame show.

In 1979 Musburger played a reporter in "Rocky II." Off screen, he made headlines on occasion as well. On Oct. 27, 1980, he was caught in a bar fight with the betting analyst for "The NFL Today," Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder. The two played it off on-air the following week, wearing boxing gloves as they broadcast. The popular CBS host and personality was the top sportscaster at the network by the late 1980s. Beyond calling the major sporting events of the time, Musburger also hosted a New Year's Eve countdown for the station during the period. But Musburger's days at CBS came to an end on April 1, 1990, when the network underwent a managerial change. He would not be out of work for long. Musburger chose ABC, whose merger with ESPN offered plenty of opportunities. He served as the main in-studio host for the 1998 and 2006 World Cups. Musburger has called everything from the Little League World Series to horseraces. 1998 also brought Musburger back to the big screen in "The Waterboy." However, in between the World Cups, Musburger found himself in some legal trouble. On Sept. 17, 2005, Musburger was cited for having an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle.

Musburger's other most famous newsworthy incident did occur on the airwaves. On Jan. 7, 2013, Musburger was calling the BCS National Championship between Alabama and Notre Dame for ESPN. When the camera panned to Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's girlfriend, model Katherine Webb, Musburger now famously commented, "Wow! I'm telling you, quarterbacks get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman. Wow!" This created a media firestorm, though Musburger steadfastly denied any inappropriateness in his comments. Being in the era of the viral video and social media, the off-the-cuff remark took on a life of its own.

Relationships

Blake

Son
Born with spina bifida

Cec

Mother

Beryl

Father

Todd Musburger

Brother

Arlene Sander

Wife
Married June 8, 1963

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois
Attended Medill School of Journalism

Milestones

2011

Voiced character of Brent Mustangburger in Disney's animated hit "Cars 2"

2007

Began providing play-by-play for the Rose Bowl

2006

Became face of ABC Sports/ESPN after Al Michaels' departure

1980

Joined CBS Sports full-time; was let go after a decade due to network's management change

1979

Made film acting debut in "Rocky II" and "The Main Event"

1978

Worked alongside Connie Chung as co-anchors of Los Angeles station KNXT's evening newscasts

1975

Rose to prominence as host of "The NFL Today" (CBS)

1973

Provided NFL play-by-play for CBS Sports

1968

Began working for CBS, first as a sports anchor for WBBM radio and later for WBBM-TV

1956

Made TV debut as host of "The NFL on CBS"

Bonus Trivia

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Musburger was criticized for making on-air remarks about Katherine Webb, the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, during the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. ESPN issued an apology, but Webb herself said she was not offended by Musburger's comments.

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"Smith and Carlos looked like a couple of black-skinned storm troopers." - from Chicago American, 1968

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"Wow! I'm telling you, quarterbacks get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman. Wow!" - from ESPN, Jan. 7, 2013

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