CBS Sports announced Monday that Hall of Fame broadcaster Marv Albert is joining the network as a play-by-play announcer for its coverage of the NFL. As a result, Albert will no longer call Nets games on YES. Hours later, Mark Jackson, who learned television analysis as Albert's YES sidekick, was named Warriors' head coach.
Albert said he needed sufficient time in his schedule, reports Newsday, and had to dump YES. He already had cut back to about 25 games a season, with Ian Eagle working 50.
YES said it is “exploring our various options.’’ The decision, said Albert, was bittersweet. “I was looking forward to the Brooklyn move [in 2012],’’ said Albert, who grew up in the borough.
“But I just couldn’t do it.’’ In 1997, Albert was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Albert joined the Nets' broadcast team after leaving MSG. Knick owner James Dolan complained that Albert had become too negative in his coverage.