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MARV ALBERT, PART III: ANALYSTS SPECULATE ON HIS FUTURE
Published September 26, 1997
Marv Albert's future is widely debated this morning, with many analysts commenting on whether he will ever be able to return to sportscasting. Albert's spokesperson, Howard Rubenstein, said that Albert, who made "about" $2M a year, "had no job offers" after his relationship with MSG and NBC ended yesterday (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/26). WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: Jeffrey Pollack, Publisher of THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY: "If there's the proper amount of contrition and some length of a sabbatical, there is the possibility of a return to sportscasting." Advantage Int'l Senior VP Tom George: "Albert is who he is because of his platform with the Knicks. We don't have to have this guy" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/26). In N.Y., Mike Lupica: "He can get a second chance as a broadcaster. .. It would be a shame if Albert didn't" (DAILY NEWS, 9/26). IF Enterprises President Steve Herz: "While I wouldn't expect him to get to the level where he was yesterday, this country loves to build up heroes, destroy them, and bring them back. Look no further than Richard Nixon" (DAILY NEWS, 9/26). The N.Y. Times' Ira Berkow: "There is an aspect of forgiveness, especially in the areas of entertainment, and Marv is an entertainer" ("LKL," 9/25). In Chicago, Jim O'Donnell: "[T]he feeling persists that Albert will somehow, somewhere rise again to an intermediate broadcast level, most likely operating out of his New York base" (SUN-TIMES, 9/26). Albert has endorsement deals with Nissan and Acclaim Videos. Burns Sports Celebrity President Bob Williams: "He's dead in the eye of advertisers. He's certainly dead in terms of endorsements" (PHILA. INQUIRER, 9/26). Acclaim has not decided whether to release, as planned, an NFL Quarterback Club video that features Albert's voice (NEWSDAY, 9/26). THE PEOPLE SPEAK: An ESPN SportsZone poll asked, "Should Marv Albert be allowed to broadcast sporting events." As of this morning, with 14,987 total votes cast, 52% said he should; 48% said he shouldn't (ESPN).