Greg Gumbel Broadcast Partner: Greg Gumbel is a sportscaster for the NBC television network in the United States. His many jobs with CBS Sports are what he is most known for (most notably, the National Football League and NCAA basketball).
He was the elder brother of news and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel, and he made history by being the first African-American announcer to call a major sports title in the United States when he called Super Bowl XXXV for the CBS network in 2001.
He is now working for CBS, where he is a play-by-play announcer for the NFL as well as the studio host for the broadcaster’s coverage of men’s college basketball games.
The NFL on CBS revealed the teams for the next season on Tuesday, and there are some significant changes from the previous season’s lineup. It’s the same lineup for the top two teams (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, and Tracy Wolfson) and the bottom two teams (Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, and Evan Washburn), but there are some fresh partnerships in the middle of the field.
Greg Gumbel, who was previously paired with Rich Gannon (whose contract with CBS was not renewed this summer), will now be paired with Adam Archuleta (who was previously paired with Spero Dedes), with AJ Ross joining the crew as a regular sideline reporter for the next season.
Dedes has formed a new partnership with Jay Feely (who formerly worked with Tom McCarthy), while McCarthy has formed a new partnership with Tiki Barber (who was previously with Beth Mowins).
Aside from that, the Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, and Melanie Collins teams, as well as the Andrew Catalon and James Lofton teams, have remained constant over the years. Mowins will return to call select games, but he will not be accompanied by a designated partner at this time, as was the case previously. Also on the sidelines will be Sherree Burruss and Amanda Balionis, who will act as extra reporters.
Gumbel was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Richard Gumbel, a judge, and Rhea Alice LeCesne, a nurse. He was the first of their four children. Gumbel grew up on Chicago’s South Side, where he was reared Catholic, and went on to graduate from De La Salle Institute, where he met his wife.
Earlier in his career, Gumbel earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, where he was also a member of the baseball team as well. Renee Gumbel-Farrahi and Rhonda Gumbel-Thomas, his two sisters, are also members of the Gumbel family.
Greg’s brother Bryant, who was then working as a television sportscaster at KNBC in Los Angeles, notified him that another NBC owned and controlled station, WMAQ-TV in Chicago, was auditioning for a position as a sports commentator. Greg accepted the position.
Greg was working as a sales representative for hospital supplies in Detroit at the time. He eventually received the position and relocated to Chicago, where he worked for WMAQ-TV for seven years. Dennis Swanson, the sportscaster he succeeded, went on to become the head of ABC Sports after he retired.