Big Names: James Brown Adds CBS News Duties (Also: Bettman Criticizes Gumbel; TBS’ Anderson to Call NCAA Tourney)

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CBS Sports host James Brown will contribute to CBS News starting this Saturday. In other news, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman came to the defense of his former boss, NBA commissioner David Stern, and TBS Major League Baseball voice Brian Anderson will call NCAA Tournament games for CBS and Turner this year.

  • James Brown to Contribute to CBS News: CBS Sports studio host James Brown has been named a special correspondent for CBS News, CBS announced Thursday. Brown “will contribute original reported pieces and will appear on various CBS News broadcasts,” with his first appearance slated for Saturday’s edition of ‘CBS This Morning’. Brown, who will continue hosting ‘The NFL Today’ for CBS, has some history with CBS News, having interviewed Michael Vick for ’60 Minutes’ in 2009. (CBS Press Express)
  • Bettman Leaps to Stern’s Defense, Lashes Out at Gumbel: Former NBA general counsel and current NHL commissioner Gary Bettman belatedly defended his former boss, NBA commissioner David Stern, against comments made by Bryant Gumbel six months ago. In an interview with NBC Sports Network that will air on Thursday night, Bettman called Gumbel’s comments — alleging that Stern had disdain for NBA players and, in particular, wanted to be seen as “some kind of modern plantation overseer” — “probably the most ignorant, stupid statement I?ve ever heard.” (NBC Sports press release via Fang’s Bites)
  • TBS Baseball Voice Brian Anderson Adds NCAA Tournament Duties: TBS Major League Baseball play-by-play voice Brian Anderson will call NCAA Tournament games for CBS and Turner Sports, filling the vacancy left by current FOX broadcaster Gus Johnson. Anderson will team with analyst Dan Bonner. (Turner Sports)
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