If you’ve watched a game that Brent Musburger has called over the years, you may have wondered if the play-by-play man had bet money on the game. The 77 year old was often accused of doing so thanks to his frequent veiled references to point spreads and over-under numbers.
So when the news broke on Wednesday that he is retiring from the broadcast booth at the end of January after decades of handling some of the nation’s top games, it probably came as little surprise that his next venture in life would be moving to Las Vegas to work in the sports betting industry.
On Thursday, Dan Patrick invited Musburger onto his show to talk about his decision to retire. The subject of betting on games came up.
Dan Patrick: Did you have money on every game that you broadcast?
Brent Musburger: “You know, Dan, that’s a very good question. I stopped putting even a nickel on a game. Let me tell you a story. I’m talking about way, way back now in the 70’s. The last time I ever bet on a game…”
Musburger then went into an extended story about how he had a man-to-man bet (no bookie involved) with one of the producers of the NBA telecast he was working. Musburger’s side of the bet lost in dramatic fashion, and he let it impact the way he handled himself in calling the ending of the game. In the end, he had to buy a guy dinner, but it changed the way he thought about gambling on games forever.
Brent Musburger: “I went back to the hotel and said, you know, that was crazy. I had no business jumping on that kid… And I never bet again. A lot of people think I did, but here’s what I do think: I think it’s important to know what (the line) is.
“I do think people are interested in that and I think it’s a big part of the growth of the National Football League. Now, listen, I get it. The integrity of the game and the sport– that’s the most important thing.”
You can hear the complete clip of Patrick and Musburger discussing gambling here:
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) January 26, 2017