Gus Johnson Rumors
05 Nov 13
Is Marv Albert headed to CBS? Industry sources say Albert, TNT’s voice of the NBA, is talking to CBS about joining the network to work both NFL football and college basketball. Albert would be adding those gigs to his TNT play-by-play work. Ironically, if Albert does sign with CBS, he would be taking the spots vacated earlier this week by Gus Johnson, who left the network to join Fox as a college football/NFL voice.
Gus Johnson, whose frantic play-by-play became a trademark of March Madness, is officially out at CBS and headed to Fox. “CBS declined to match Fox’s offer,” an industry source said Monday night. “They let Johnson’s people know today.” A CBS source who wanted Johnson – a former Knick radio voice – back said that not only money, but politics was an issue. The source said some of CBS Sports’ college hoops voices were not thrilled with Johnson’s rise to March Madness’ most popular voice.
The appropriate response to all the niceties exchanged between Madison Square Garden Network suits and Gus Johnson, in the wake of the Excitable One’s exile from the Knicks’ radio booth, is simple. Count to three. Then take your index finger and stick it down your throat. Please. Johnson kissing MSG tuchis and getting the same response in return can’t hide the fact the Gulag Network has been greasing the skids for Johnson’s departure – economically speaking – since 2008. Johnson screamed “rise and fire” and MSG suits shot him down. If Johnson doesn’t realize this he is only fooling himself. See, it’s understandable why he’s recycling the same quotes (“I’m really thankful and appreciative to have had the opportunity to work at the Garden”) on his MSG Autopsy Media Tour. Johnson would be foolish to burn a bridge. Especially when the possibility exists his pal, Isiah Thomas, may be headed back to the Garden. If Zeke returns, there’s a good chance Johnson won’t be far behind.
Over the last two seasons, Johnson, 43, had annoyed MSG Network shot-callers by missing many games to work outside TV gigs, including CBS’ college basketball and Showtime boxing. Johnson’s primary replacement is expected to be Mike Crispino, an MSG TV and radio multi-tasker since 1992. Johnson, in 1997, replaced Mike Breen, who moved to MSG TV.