Brent Musburger is retiring from broadcasting, ESPN announced Wednesday.
Musburger’s final broadcast will be next week, Jan. 31, when Kentucky men’s basketball hosts Georgia at Rupp Arena. He plans to retire to Las Vegas, where he will start a sports handicapping business with his family, according to the Associated Press.
“What a wonderful journey I have traveled with CBS and the Disney company,” Musburger said in a statement from ESPN. “A love of sports allows me to live a life of endless pleasure. And make no mistake, I will miss the arenas and stadiums dearly. Most of all, I will miss the folks I have met along the trail. But the next rodeo for me is in Las Vegas. Stop by and we’ll share a cold one and some good stories. I may even buy!”
Musburger, 77, recently drew criticism for his comments about Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon’s domestic violence case during this year’s Sugar Bowl. Both Musburger and ESPN deny those comments had anything to do with his exit, the AP reported.
The longtime broadcaster has worked for ABC and ESPN since 1990. Before that he worked for CBS Sports from 1973-1990. He has called college football and basketball for the SEC Network since 2014.
Musburger has been a play-by-play announcer or host for the Super Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, as well as the MLB playoffs, NBA Finals, FIFA World Cup and NCAA tournament. He called Villanova’s historic upset of Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA Championship Game, as well as the “Hail Flutie” game between Boston College and Miami in 1984, among others.
“Brent’s catalog of big events is unmatched,” ESPN President John Skipper said, “and he has skillfully guided us through some of the most dramatic and memorable moments in sports with his authentic and distinctive style. He is one of the best story-tellers to ever grace a sports booth. We and the fans will miss him.”