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CBS WELCOMES HOME GUMBEL; WILL PREGAME BE BATTLE OF SEXES?
Published January 30, 1998
CBS Sports has hired Greg Gumbel and Phil Simms as its No. 1 NFL broadcast team, according to Stephen Battaglio of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Gumbel's final appearance on NBC will come this Sunday, when he calls the Heat-Knicks game. He will join CBS on March 1, and serve as studio host for its NCAA basketball coverage. Jim Nantz will anchor CBS' NFL pregame show (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 1/30). CBS also signed former NBC announcer Randy Cross, who will either work games or be in the studio (Mike Bruton, PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 1/30). CNN/SI's Peter King reported that CBS "is trying to get" Cowboys FB Daryl Johnston and Chiefs RB Marcus Allen "to retire and join their 1998 telecast team. Allen is leaning toward TV; Johnston leaning toward playing another year" ("CNN/SI," 1/29). In related news, NEWSDAY's Steve Zipay writes that CBS Exec Producer Terry Ewert "isn't ruling out any ideas" for the NFL pregame show, "including hiring a woman." Zipay: "Ewert's intentions are intriguing and serious -- industry sources said CBS pursued ESPN's Bonnie Bernstein, but ESPN would not release her from her contract, which has a year remaining" (NEWSDAY, 1/30).