LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 03: Retired sportscaster and VSiN (Vegas Stats Information Network) managing editor and lead host Brent Musburger speaks before unveiling the VSiN broadcasting studio at the South Point Hotel Casino sports book on February 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. VSiN is the first multi-channel network dedicated to sports gambling information and launches on Sirius XM Radio on February 27. Musburger and boxing announcer and VSiN lead host Al Bernstein will host a special broadcast before Super Bowl LI. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Quite the surprise. One of the legendary voices in sports history, Brent Musburger, is no longer associated with the Silver and Black.
The 2022 regular-season kicks off on Thursday night, September 3, when the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams host the talented Buffalo Bills.
But the first NFL contest this upcoming year takes place in Canton, Ohio. It’s the annual Hall of Fame Game and it pits the Las Vegas Raiders vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars. Each franchise has a legendary player being enshrined this year: Raiders’ wide receiver Cliff Branch and Jaguars’ tackle Tony Boselli.
But there’s one legend that won’t be a part of Las Vegas’ radio broadcast team for that game or the upcoming season.
The iconic broadcaster, who gained fame back in the mid-1970s as the host of CBS’ The NFL Today , joined the Raiders’ radio broadcasting team in 2018. His fabled “you are looking live” opening to a show or a game he was calling is as recognizable as Michael Buffer’s “let’s get ready to rumble.”
So what is next for the 83-year-old legend? Musburger responded with this via Twitter:
“Many thanks to the Raiders organization for fond memories. I’ll miss broadcast partner Lincoln Kennedy and the radio production crew. What’s next? I hear Mike Trout might step down as commissioner of his fantasy league. You never know!”
So who will take over in the radio booth for Musburger? The news is obvious recent and the speculation will now begin. Will Kennedy return as an analyst? Or will there be a total overhaul?
Musburger made every broadcast, be in a pre-game show or a game, a memorable event. He possesses one of the most recognizable voices in the profession. He’s been in the spotlight for nearly 50 years. It will be fascinating to see where he lands next.