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Turner's David Levy Supportive Of Marv Albert Focusing On NBA, Giving Up NCAA Tourney

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 12 / 16

Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Marv Albert has decided to focus on the NBA exclusively in his basketball work going forward. Turner Sports earlier this week announced a long-term extension with the 74-year-old Albert, which will include him announcing regular-season NBA games, the All...

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