Veteran sports broadcaster, Greg Gumbel, will be the main speaker at the 46th Annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet, according to Banquet Chairman, Mike Reese. He will address a crowd of over 1400 sports enthusiasts on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at 6:30pm, inside the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin.Gumbel is in his second stint with CBS Sports, returning to the network in 1998 after working for five years at NBC Sports. Currently, he is teamed up with Dan Dierdorf, as the play-by-play announcer, for CBS’s coverage of the NFL. He is also the studio host for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament and The Final Four.
Along with Terry Bradshaw, Gumbel hosted the most popular NFL pre-game show (The NFL Today) in television history from 1990 to 1993 on CBS. He also served as the primetime anchor of the 1994 Olympic Winter Games and as a co-anchor of the 1992 Winter Games. Other host duties included “Speedweeks” from the Daytona International Speedway, as well as, broadcasting MLB, college and NBA basketball and college football games.In 1994 Gumbel moved to NBC Sports where he served as host of “The NFL on NBC” pre-game show and NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game shows in 1996 and 1998. In addition, he served as host of the pre-game show for the 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and as a play-by-play announcer of the networks “Baseball Night in America” regular-season and post-season MLB games. He was also the daytime host of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.Gumbel returned to CBS Sports in 1998 and joined Phil Simms in the booth to form the lead announcing team for CBS’s coverage of the NFL, for the next six seasons. During this time he called CBS’s coverage of Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVIII, at the time making him the first and only network broadcaster to call play-by-play for and host a Super Bowl. He then hosted “The NFL Today” for two seasons along with analysts Boomer Esiason, Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe before returning to the booth with Dierdor