Last Tuesday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that ESPN’s Chris Berman will receive the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television award. There was plenty of outrage on why Berman was bestowed this honor and not those more deserving like the late Tom Brookshier, Al Michaels, and Howard Cosell. Today, a strong case has been made for the following individual to finally get his due…
Brent Musberger has covered sports, first with the Chicago Tribune, then CBS, and currently with ESPN/ABC for nearly 40 years. How “Uncle Brent” hasn’t received the Rozelle Award is beyond outrage.
The outstanding sports media website, Fang Bites managed by former news radio reporter Kenneth Fang, ripped the HOF’s decision to award Chris Berman. His blog and tweet provoked the head of ESPN PR head Bill Hofheimer to reply back to Fang via Twitter saying Berman was worthy. To prove his point, Fang rolled out the viral and written resume of Uncle Brent today.
Upon further review, I’m with Fang here on Musberger. In fact, it endorses the sentiment of sports fans about Musberger. Uncle Brent set the bar for hosting a pre-game studio show. Don’t get wrong, Berman is a good anchor and studio show host. But he’s not the greatest. His best assets is coming up with nicknames, catchy phrases, and his work on the NFL highlights with Tom Jackson is stellar.
Uncle Brent’s work in NBA games, The NFL Today, studio shows, and college football to name a few, makes him stand out above Berman. I would go as far as to put Berman’s colleague Bob Ley in front of him for his anchor work and his outstanding work with “Outside the Lines.”
Which brings up the question: is Brent Musberger getting screwed? Is CBS still punishing him after they unceremoniously dumped him after the 1990 Final Four? What did Berman have that Brent doesn’t have? Is it fair?
No, it’s not fair. The Football HOF should give Uncle Brent his due.