Brent Musburger has agreed to a new contract with ESPN. In other news, former NBPA leader Simon Gourdine has passed away, and NBC executive Jim Bell could receive a promotion within NBC Sports Group.
- Brent Musburger to Stay With ESPN Through ’14: ESPN play-by-play voice Brent Musburger will remain with the network under a multi-year deal, it was announced Monday. Musburger will continue to serve as the primary voice of college football on the ESPN family of networks. According to USA Today, the deal will last for two years. (ESPN Media Zone, USA Today)
- Fmr. NBPA Head Gourdine Passes Away: Former National Basketball Players Association executive director Simon Gourdine died last week at age 72. Gourdine presided over the NBPA during the 1995 lockout, an unprecedented three-sided conflict that ranks among the most tumultuous in sports labor history. Prior to joining the union, Gourdine served as NBA deputy commissioner from 1974-81. (Sports Business Daily)
- NBC’s Bell Reportedly in Line For Promotion: Reuters reported Monday that ‘Today Show’ executive producer Jim Bell, who filled the same role for NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, is expected to receive a promotion within either NBC Sports Group or NBC News. According to a source cited by the report, NBC could consider creating a new position for Bell that “would possibly have him oversee the Olympics full-time.” (Reuters via Sports Business Daily)