WELCOME HOME, GREG GUMBEL; NBC READIES FOR ITS LAST DANCE
NBC's Greg Gumbel, who will serve Sunday as the host of
the Super Bowl, agreed to a five-year deal averaging $1.75M
a year with CBS, according to USA TODAY. Gumbel will serve
as CBS' No. 1 play-by-play man for AFC football, and will
"probably" work with Phil Simms. NBC's Cris Collinsworth
has agreed to a five-year deal with Fox "for about" $1M a
year and will join its NFL pre-game show (USA TODAY, 1/22).
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL: NBC "is promising an 'inside-the-
helmet'" view on Sunday, as the net will utilize the latest
in real-time 3D graphics, putting the viewer "behind the
quarterback's face mask." Assisting NBC is CA-based Silicon
Graphics Inc. (Glenn Lovell, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/21).
SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR....: NBC will hold a "final
fiesta" after its Sunday Super Bowl telecast, which will
feature Donna Summer. In N.Y., Neal Travis reports that the
post-game celebration is "appropriately" called "The 'Last
Dance' Party" (Neal Travis, N.Y. POST, 1/22).