GUMBEL'S "EYE" IS CLOSED, BUT WILL HE COME FULL CIRCLE?
Following CBS's cancelation of "Public Eye With Bryant
Gumbel," the N.Y. POST's Michael Starr speculates on
Gumbel's future with the net and writes, "it isn't lost on
CBS and its sports division that Gumbel has a strong sports
background." Gumbel signed a five-year deal worth about $7M
per year with CBS last year, and with CBS set to begin its
new NFL deal, Gumbel's knowledge "could come in handy as
either a Sunday studio analyst or play-by-play man with his
brother, Greg Gumbel." But one "insider" told Starr, "He's
adamant about not going back to sports full-time." Pilson
Communications President Neal Pilson said that Gumbel "is
unlikely to assume a high-profile sports role at CBS."
Pilson: "CBS is well-served with Jim Nantz in the anchor
role on 'NFL Today,' and although that's a role Bryant
played years ago at NBC I don't envision him having an
important sports role at CBS" (N.Y. POST, 8/13).