Big Names: TNT’s Albert, Barkley, Talk Broadcasting Futures (Also: Steve Bunin, Dave Barnett)


While Marv Albert feels he is in his broadcasting prime, Charles Barkley suggests he may be on his way out. In other news, former ESPN anchor Steve Bunin has joined CSN Houston, and Texas Rangers voice Dave Barnett has been let go.

  • Albert, Barkley, Discuss Futures in Interviews: TNT NBA play-by-play voice Marv Albert and studio analyst Charles Barkley have vastly different outlooks on their broadcasting futures. Albert, 71, told the Sherman Report in an interview posted Monday that he feels he is “better now” than he has “ever been” and added that “there?s no reason to stop.” In a Sports Illustrated story published the same day, Barkley said he does not know how much longer he will stay with TNT, suggesting that he may leave television before his contract expires four years from now. (Sherman Report, Sports Illustrated)
  • Former ESPN Host Bunin Joins CSN Houston: Former ESPN anchor Steve Bunin has joined Comcast SportsNet Houston, the network announced Monday. According to the Houston Chronicle, Bunin will anchor the 6 PM CT and 10 PM editions of “SportsNet Central.” Bunin, who worked for ESPN from 2003 to this year, will also serve as a reporter for CSN Houston. (Comcast, Houston Chronicle)
  • Rangers’ Barnett Will Not Return Next Season: Texas Rangers play-by-play voice Dave Barnett, who missed the second half of the Major League Baseball season after an on-air health incident, did not have his one-year contract renewed by the team and will not return next season. Barnett will be replaced by Steve Busby, who filled in for him last year after his health scare. (Dallas Morning News via Awful Announcing)