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17 Years Ago It Was No April Fools Joke for Musberger

Saturday, March 31, 2007 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 8:29 PM, under , , ,

Athens, GA (Mar 31, 2007) - April 1, 1990 was also a Sunday. It was Final Four weekend in the NCAA Tournament. The night before. Brent Musberger and Billy Packer has called the semifinal games on CBS Sports. It was about 8:30 in the morning, and I was sitting in front of the Chyron graphics generator for my Sunday all day shift at the Mizlou Sports News Network. Not many people were around when a stunning story came across the newswire. Brent Musberger had been fired by CBS, right in the middle of the Final Four. Surely this had to be an April Fool's Joke. Why would CBS fire their star talent in the middle of a showcase event? There was no way we could go on the air with this unless confirmed by another source. But sure enough, it was true. He and his alleged monster-sized ego had been sent packing. The door opened, and in stepped Jim Nantz who has never looked back. It was definitely a surreal day in the newsroom.

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