Sun Devil Stadium
Sun Devil Stadium is an outdoor football stadium on the campus of Arizona State University, in Tempe, United States. It is home to the Arizona State Sun Devils football team of the Pac-12 Conference and the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football; the stadium's seating capacity as of 2018 is 53,599, reduced from a peak of 74,865 in 1989, the playing surface is natural grass. The field within the stadium was named Frank Kush Field in honor of Frank Kush, the former coach of the ASU football team in 1996. Sun Devil Stadium is undergoing a $304 million renovation, scheduled to be completed by June 2019, it was the only major football stadium in the Phoenix metropolitan area until the construction of State Farm Stadium in Glendale in 2006. The stadium has hosted two annual college football bowl games: the Fiesta Bowl from 1971 to 2006, the Cactus Bowl from 2006 to 2015. Sun Devil Stadium was home to the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League from 1988 through the 2005 season.
Following the 2005 season, the Cardinals moved to State Farm Stadium. Built in 1958, the stadium's original capacity was 30,000; the first addition in 1976 raised the capacity to 57,722. Seating was added to the south end zone, along with sky boxes. A year in 1977, the upper tier was completed to bring seating to 70,311. In 1988, 1,700 more seats were added. During that time the Carson Student Athlete Center was added to the south end; the building is the home of the ASU Athletic Department. In 2007, engineers realized the stadium's concrete base was buckling due to the rusting of structural steel supporting the foundation. Stadium designers had neglected to waterproof the structure when it was built, assuming a stadium in the desert would not need waterproof concrete. However, cleaning/maintenance crews for the Sun Devils and Cardinals hosed down the seats after every game, introducing more water to the stadium than the designers had envisioned. Engineers estimated $45 million in repairs would be needed to maintain the stadium beyond 2010.
A new Arizona bill allows the Arizona Board of Regents to set up a district on ASU property to collect revenue from local businesses. Money from the fee will go toward the funding of renovation projects of ASU's athletic facilities, including the stadium, it was estimated the fund would accumulate enough money to begin planning renovations within 2–5 years. In April 2012, Sun Devil Athletics unveiled an estimated $300 million plan for renovated Sun Devil Stadium that entails reduced stadium capacity, field turf and fabric roof shading; the plan to cover the stadium with fabric was scrapped. In October 2013, Sun Devil Athletics announced the removal of 5,700 north end zone upper deck seats that reduced the stadium capacity to 65,870 for the 2014 season; the 2016 and 2017 Cactus Bowls, which are played in Sun Devil Stadium, will be played in nearby Chase Field until the renovations are completed. The renovations were intended to consist of three phases that would each take place between football seasons, thus removing the need for the team to play one or more years at a temporary home venue during construction.
Initial plans called for the entire project to be completed in time for the start of the 2017 season, but modifications to the renovation schedule have postponed the anticipated completion date to 2019. Phase 1: Sections of the upper deck were removed; the bleachers behind the south end zone were replaced with concrete structure. Phase 2: The west side of the lower bowl and loge level was demolished and rebuilt. Construction began on an athletic facility on the north end of the stadium. Phase 3: Completion of the athletic facility and installation of a new video board above the north end zone. Phase 4: The east side of the lower bowl was rebuilt; the first game played at the stadium was on October 4, 1958. Arizona State defeated West Texas State 16–13. On September 21, 1996, the playing surface was named in honor of former ASU football coaching great Frank Kush, the name of the stadium was changed from Sun Devil Stadium to Sun Devil Stadium, Frank Kush Field; that night ASU shut out #1 Nebraska 19–0.
The largest crowd seated for a college football game at the stadium was 80,470 for the 1999 Fiesta Bowl, where the Tennessee Volunteers beat the Florida State Seminoles, 23–16 on January 4, 1999 to win the National Championship. Sun Devil Stadium hosted the Fiesta Bowl from 1971 to 2006. During the 1998 and 2002 seasons, the Fiesta Bowl doubled as the BCS National Championship Game; the Cactus Bowl moved to Sun Devil Stadium from Chase Field in 2006, after the Fiesta Bowl relocated to the newly opened State Farm Stadium in Glendale. The Cactus Bowl temporarily moved back to Chase Field in 2016 to accommodate the 2015–2018 renovation project; the seating capacity has been as followed: The first professional football game played in the stadium was a National Football League preseason game between the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings in 1975. The NFL returned to the stadium in 1987 when the Green Bay Packers played the Denver Broncos in a preseason game. Sun Devil Stadium was the home stadium of the Arizona Wranglers/Outlaws of the USFL from 1983 to 1985.
The facility became an NFL stadium in 1988 when the St. Louis Cardinals moved west to Arizona and became the Phoenix Cardinals, renamed the Arizona Cardinals in 1994; the Cardinals' first regular season game in the stadium was a 17–14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in a Monday Night Football game on September 12, 1988. The Cardinals won their next home game, de
2004 Utah Utes football team
The 2004 Utah Utes football team represented the University of Utah in the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. This team was the original'BCS Buster', this was the first time that a team from a BCS non-AQ conference was invited to play in one of the BCS bowl games; the team, coached by second-year head football coach Urban Meyer, played its home games in Rice-Eccles Stadium. Utah finished the fourth undefeated and untied season in school history; the Utes were one of three teams in the top-level Division. Utah was the highest-ranked BCS non-AQ team in each poll every week of the season. 2004 Official Stats Utah had five players taken in the 2005 NFL Draft: Urban Meyer: The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, Woody Hayes' National Coach of the Year, Maxwell George Munger Award Alex Smith: Heisman finalist, The Sporting News National Player of the Year, Sports Illustrated National Player of the Year, Cingular Sports/ABC Sports All-American, SI.com All-American, CoSIDA Football Academic All-American of the Year, Davey O'Brien Award finalist, Walter Camp Award finalist Chris Kemoeatu: Cingular Sports/ABC Sports All-American, SI.com All-American Morgan Scalley: SI.com All-American, CoSIDA Academic All-American, Anson Mount Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Bronko Nagurski National Player of the Week, Pat Tillman Award Steve Savoy: SI.com All-American, The Sporting News All-American Ryan Smith: The Sporting News Freshman All-American Spencer Toone: CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII first team Coach of the Year: Urban Meyer Offensive Player of the Year: Alex Smith Co-defensive Player of the Year: Morgan Scalley All-MWC First team: Alex Smith, Steve Savoy, Chris Kemoeatu, Steve Fifita, Sione Pouha, Morgan Scalley All-MWC Second team: Paris Warren, Marty Johnson, Jesse Boone, Eric Weddle All-MWC Honorable mention: Makai Aalona, Quinton Ganther, Tommy Hackenbruck, Matt Kovacevich, Spencer Toone List of undefeated Division I football teams Official Schedule
The Fiesta Bowl is an American college football bowl game played annually in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Between its origination in 1971 and 2006, the game was hosted in Tempe, Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium. Since 2007, it has been held at the State Farm Stadium in Arizona. Since 2016, it has been sponsored by PlayStation and known as the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. For the January 2016 game, it was sponsored by BattleFrog, creators of the obstacle racing series featured in the ESPN program BattleFrog College Championship and Vizio for the December 2014 game. From 1996 through the January 2014 game, Frito-Lay was the bowl's title sponsor through its Tostitos tortilla chip brand. Other previous sponsors include Sunkist. In 1998, the Fiesta Bowl became part of the Bowl Championship Series, before 2006 every four years was the designee for the national championship game. Beginning with the 2014 season, Fiesta Bowl became a member of College Football Playoff, hosting a semifinal game every three years.
The Fiesta Bowl has donated more than $12 million to charity. The Fiesta Bowl was born from the Western Athletic Conference's frustrated attempts to obtain bowl invitations for its champions. In 1968 and 1969 champions Wyoming and Arizona State failed to secure any bowl selection; the next year, undefeated Arizona State was bypassed by the major bowls and had to settle for an appearance in the less prestigious Peach Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl therefore provided an automatic berth for the WAC champion. In its first decade of existence, the Fiesta Bowl was played in the last week of December; the 1971 inaugural game featured another top-ten Arizona State squad against top-twenty opponent Florida State. The 1974 game featured WAC champ BYU and their new coach, future Hall of Fame member LaVell Edwards in their first bowl game vs. Oklahoma State. BYU was in control until BYU's first All-American quarterback Gary Sheide went down with a leg injury and lost 16–6. By 1975, the game was able to attract Big Eight co-champion Nebraska to play undefeated Arizona State in a matchup of top-five teams.
In 1977, the game was again able to attract a top-five opponent in Penn State, despite WAC champion #16 BYU refusing to play in the bowl due to its being held on Sunday. In 1978, Arizona and Arizona State both joined the Pac-10 Conference and the Fiesta Bowl's tie-in with the WAC ended as its champ went to the newly-inaugurated Holiday Bowl. From until the advent of the Bowl Coalition, Fiesta Bowl matchups featured runners-up of major conferences and/or major independents; the game continued to attract high quality matchups, so beginning with the 1981 game the Fiesta Bowl shifted to New Year's Day alongside the major bowl games—the Cotton, Orange and Rose. At the time NBC had the broadcast rights to the Fiesta and Orange, it was the first bowl game to acquire a title sponsor when it became the "Sunkist Fiesta Bowl" starting with the 1986 game. A major breakthrough occurred after the 1986 season when the top two teams in the country and Penn State, agreed to play for the de facto national championship in the Fiesta Bowl.
At the time, the traditional four "major" bowl games granted automatic bids to their conference champions. Both Miami and Penn State were independents at that time, were thus free to choose a bowl; as such, the Fiesta Bowl and the Florida Citrus Bowl, each free from the obligation of conference tie-ins, vied to host the Miami–Penn State matchup in order to ensure that they would meet on the field. The Fiesta Bowl won the bidding and the game was set to be played on Friday, January 2, 1987—the night after the "big four" bowls of New Year's Day. Penn State won 14–10, the game drew the largest television audience in the history of college football at the time. Two years #1 Notre Dame played undefeated #3 West Virginia for the national championship at the 1989 Fiesta Bowl on January 1; the 1987 and 1989 games were two of four straight matchups of teams ranked in the AP Top 10 going into the bowl season to close out the 1980s. This increased the Fiesta Bowl's prestige, to the point that it was now considered a major bowl by many fans and pundits.
The 1988 game returned to New Year's Day, the 1989 game kicked off three hours and opposite the Rose Bowl, which had switched networks to ABC. Before the 1991 game, several major universities declined invitations due to the State of Arizona's decision at that time not to adopt the Martin Luther King Holiday. However, in 1992, the Fiesta Bowl was invited to participate in the Bowl Coalition, a predecessor to the Bowl Championship Series; this assured the game would feature major conference champions or prestigious runners-up and cemented its status as a major bowl. When the Bowl Coalition was reconfigured as the Bowl Alliance, the Fiesta was included as one of the three top games. In 1996, it hosted the Bowl Alliance National Championship game featuring undefeated #1 Nebraska playing undefeated #2 Florida for the national championship. Nebraska won the game 62–24, the largest win margin in the history of the national championship game, the most points scored in a national championship game. With the addition of the Big Ten and Pac-10 conferences to the new Bowl Championship Series, the Fiesta Bowl became a permanent fixture in the four-year BCS National Championship Game rotation.
In 1998, the Fiesta Bowl featured the first BCS National Championship Game, which Tennessee won over Florida St
American Broadcasting Company
The American Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcast television network, a flagship property of Walt Disney Television, a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California on Riverside Drive, directly across the street from Walt Disney Studios and adjacent to the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, But the network's second corporate headquarters and News headquarters remains in New York City, New York at their broadcast center on 77 West 66th Street in Lincoln Square in Upper West Side Manhattan. Since 2007, when ABC Radio was sold to Citadel Broadcasting, ABC has reduced its broadcasting operations exclusively to television; the fifth-oldest major broadcasting network in the world and the youngest of the Big Three television networks, ABC is nicknamed as "The Alphabet Network", as its initialism represents the first three letters of the English alphabet, in order. ABC launched as a radio network on October 12, 1943, serving as the successor to the NBC Blue Network, purchased by Edward J. Noble.
It extended its operations to television in 1948, following in the footsteps of established broadcast networks CBS and NBC. In the mid-1950s, ABC merged with United Paramount Theatres, a chain of movie theaters that operated as a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. Leonard Goldenson, the head of UPT, made the new television network profitable by helping develop and greenlight many successful series. In the 1980s, after purchasing an 80 percent interest in cable sports channel ESPN, the network's corporate parent, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. merged with Capital Cities Communications, owner of several print publications, television and radio stations. In 1996, most of Capital Cities/ABC's assets were purchased by The Walt Disney Company; the television network has eight owned-and-operated and over 232 affiliated television stations throughout the United States and its territories. Some of the ABC-affiliated stations can be seen in Canada via pay-television providers, certain other affiliates can be received over-the-air in areas within the Canada–United States border.
ABC News provides news and features content for select radio stations owned by Citadel Broadcasting, which purchased the ABC Radio properties in 2007. In the 1930s, radio in the United States was dominated by three companies: the Columbia Broadcasting System, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the National Broadcasting Company; the last was owned by electronics manufacturer Radio Corporation of America, which owned two radio networks that each ran different varieties of programming, NBC Blue and NBC Red. The NBC Blue Network was created in 1927 for the primary purpose of testing new programs on markets of lesser importance than those served by NBC Red, which served the major cities, to test drama series. In 1934, Mutual filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission regarding its difficulties in establishing new stations, in a radio market, being saturated by NBC and CBS. In 1938, the FCC began a series of investigations into the practices of radio networks and published its report on the broadcasting of network radio programs in 1940.
The report recommended that RCA give up control of either NBC NBC Blue. At that time, the NBC Red Network was the principal radio network in the United States and, according to the FCC, RCA was using NBC Blue to eliminate any hint of competition. Having no power over the networks themselves, the FCC established a regulation forbidding licenses to be issued for radio stations if they were affiliated with a network which owned multiple networks that provided content of public interest. Once Mutual's appeals against the FCC were rejected, RCA decided to sell NBC Blue in 1941, gave the mandate to do so to Mark Woods. RCA converted the NBC Blue Network into an independent subsidiary, formally divorcing the operations of NBC Red and NBC Blue on January 8, 1942, with the Blue Network being referred to on-air as either "Blue" or "Blue Network"; the newly separated NBC Red and NBC Blue divided their respective corporate assets. Between 1942 and 1943, Woods offered to sell the entire NBC Blue Network, a package that included leases on landlines, three pending television licenses, 60 affiliates, four operations facilities, contracts with actors, the brand associated with the Blue Network.
Investment firm Dillon, Read & Co. offered $7.5 million to purchase the network, but the offer was rejected by Woods and RCA president David Sarnoff. Edward J. Noble, the owner of Life Savers candy, drugstore chain Rexall and New York City radio station WMCA, purchased the network for $8 million. Due to FCC ownership rules, the transaction, to include the purchase of three RCA stations by Noble, would require him to resell his station with the FCC's approval; the Commission authorized the transaction on October 12, 1943. Soon afterward, the Blue Network was purchased by the new company Noble founded, the American Broadcasting System. Noble subsequently acquired the rights to the American Broadcasting Company name from George B. Storer in 1944. Meanwhile, in August 1944, the West Coast division of the Blue Network, which owned San Francisco radio station KGO, bought Los Angeles station KECA f
2004 Emerald Bowl
The 2004 Emerald Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the New Mexico Lobos and the Navy Midshipmen on December 30, 2004 at SBC Park in San Francisco, United States. The game, which Navy won with a final score of 34–19, was highlighted by a 26-play drive from the Midshipmen that took up 15 minutes of game time and set the record for the longest drive in a National Collegiate Athletic Association college football game; the contest was the third time the Emerald Bowl was played and the final game of the 2004 NCAA football season for both teams. The conference independent Navy Midshipmen, who finished the regular season with a 9–2 record, accepted an invitation to play in the game on November 22, 2004. Eight days the 7–4 New Mexico Lobos agreed to fill the open spot reserved for a Mountain West Conference team. Leading up to the game, sports writers predicted that a major highlight of the contest would be the rushing offenses of Midshipmen head coach Paul Johnson and Lobos head coach Rocky Long.
The Lobos ranked as one of the nation's top rushing defenses. The game began at 1:35 p.m. PST in rainy conditions that had affected the San Francisco Bay Area for days before the contest; the Lobos scored a touchdown on the game's first drive to take an early lead, but the Midshipmen scored three touchdowns to bring the score to 21–7 early in the second quarter. After the Lobos narrowed that lead to 12 points by the end of the third quarter, the Midshipmen began a long drive which took up much of the fourth quarter; the drive ended with a field goal, which gave Navy a 15-point lead with a little over two minutes remaining in the game. On the next drive from the Lobos, the Midshipmen forced a turnover on downs and ran out the clock with their last possession to win the game. Midshipmen players Aaron Polanco and Vaughn Kelley were named the game's offensive and defensive Most Valuable Players, respectively; the win caused the Midshipmen to finish the season with a 10–2 record, their best record since the 1905 season.
After the game, the Associated Press College Poll and the USA Today Coaches' Poll ranked the team as the 24th best in the nation. The loss caused the Lobos' record to fall to 7–5. First played in 2002 when it was called the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, organizers announced a new name in May 2004 for that year's iteration of the annual game for the 2004–05 NCAA football bowl season; the new title for the game was derived from the Emerald Nuts brand owned by the game's primary sponsor, Diamond Foods. The game was to feature the sixth bowl eligible team from the Pacific-10 Conference and the third eligible team from the Mountain West Conference. Since only two teams from the Pacific-10 Conference had become bowl eligible near the end of the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season, organizers looked to the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen, who were not a member of any athletic conference, to fill the open spot; the team accepted their invitation to play in the Emerald Bowl on November 22, two days after defeating the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with a score of 54–21 to earn an 8–2 record.
The Midshipmen had intended to play in the 2004 Liberty Bowl, but chose the Emerald Bowl when it looked as though Liberty Bowl organizers were seeking a matchup of more "high-powered offenses". After defeating the Army Black Knights with a score of 42–13 in that year's Army–Navy Game, the Midshipmen ended the regular season with a record of 9–2, the first time since the 1963 college football season that Navy had won nine or more games in a season. Wins over Army and the Air Force Falcons secured Navy's second consecutive Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. Navy's previous bowl game, the 2003 Houston Bowl, had ended in a 38–14 loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders; the University of New Mexico Lobos accepted the game's other invitation on December 30, 2004. The Lobos finished the regular season with five straight wins, culminating in a 16–9 win over conference rival Wyoming to finish with a record of 7–4; the game marked the first time in the program's history the team had played in three straight bowl games, having lost in the 2002 and 2003 editions of the Las Vegas Bowl to the UCLA Bruins and the Oregon State Beavers, respectively.
The bowl game was the first meeting between. Prior to the game, spread bettors favored the New Mexico Lobos by a single point. Given both teams' propensity for running the ball and the rainy weather conditions that had affected the San Francisco area for days prior to the game, analysts expected that it would center around both teams' rushing offenses; the Baltimore Sun sports writer Kent Baker predicted that "the teams' non-reliance on the pass will serve both well. The game should be low scoring and played, with the Midshipmen eking out a victory." The Midshipmen triple option rushing offense, including future National Football League fullback Kyle Eckel, ranked third among FBS teams in total rushing yards and averaged 291 rushing yards per game. The Midshipmen passing offense, ranked 116th out of 117 FBS teams. Using a 3–4 defensive scheme, the Midshipmen had experienced mixed levels of defensive success. Although the defensive backs had set a team record for interceptions returned for touchdowns during the season and fans criticized the squad for a 42–10 loss to the Tulane Green Wave.
Special teams play. The Midshipmen, who had completed rigorous midterm exams, were mourning the death of former teammate J. P. Blecksmith, killed at the Second Battle of Fallujah in the Iraq war
Gary Dennis Danielson is a former professional American football player and a current college football commentator. Danielson was a quarterback in the National Football League, he played for the Detroit Lions from 1976 to 1984 and for the Cleveland Browns in 1985, 1987, 1988. He is working for CBS Sports as a commentator for its college football coverage. Danielson played high school football at Divine Child High School under Tony Versaci in Dearborn and graduated in 1969, he played college football at Purdue University and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in industrial management. He would earn a Master's degree in physical education in 1976. Danielson had succeeded Mike Phipps as the Boilermakers' starting quarterback in 1970, had 30 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions with a 46 percent completion rate in two full seasons as a starter. Danielson spent two years in the short-lived World Football League as a non-starter, with the New York Stars/Charlotte Hornets in 1974 and the Chicago Winds in 1975.
The Winds franchise folded a month before the league's collapse in October, Danielson signed with the Lions for the 1976 season. He amassed 13,764 passing yards and 81 touchdowns in 101 games in the NFL, he ranks fourth in Lions history in passing touchdowns. His five touchdowns in a 1978 game against the Minnesota Vikings is still tied for a Lions record. Danielson got a start on his broadcasting career, he was a part-time anchor/reporter at WDIV-TV during the off-season while a member of the Lions. In Cleveland, he co-hosted. After retiring from the Browns, Danielson joined ESPN as a college football analyst, he continued to work in that capacity for ESPN/ABC Sports until 2006, when he joined CBS Sports as a college football analyst, partnered with Verne Lundquist on the network's primary broadcast team during Southeastern Conference telecasts. He serves as the college football radio analyst for Paul Finebaum where he appears weekly during the college football season. Starting in the 2011 college football season, Danielson became a weekly guest on Mike's On: Francesa on the FAN with Mike Francesa.
He has become a regular guest on The Dan Patrick Show. Danielson is married to wife Kristy with; the two met in college at Purdue, where Kristy's father, George King, was the head basketball coach and athletic director. The Danielson family resided in Rochester Hills, where the children attended Rochester Adams High School. Son Matt Danielson played college football at Northwestern. Danielson ran an importing and exporting business with former Lions teammate James Jones in the early 1990s, he has invested in business ventures with former Browns teammate Bernie Kosar
Brent Woody Musburger is an American sportscaster the lead broadcaster and managing editor at Vegas Stats and Information Network and radio play-by-play voice for the Oakland Raiders. With CBS Sports from 1973 until 1990, he was one of the original members of their program The NFL Today and is credited with coining the phrase "March Madness" to describe the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament while covering the Final Four. While at CBS, Musburger covered the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, the World Series, U. S. Open tennis, The Masters. Joining ESPN and ABC Sports in 1990, Musburger continued to cover the NBA Finals, as well as hosting Monday Night Football and providing play-by-play for Saturday Night Football and the SEC Network, he covered the Indianapolis 500, U. S. Open and British Open golf, the World Cup, the Belmont Stakes, the College Football national championship among other big events. In January 2017, he left the ESPN and ABC television networks after 27 years retiring from play-by-play of live sports.
Raised in Billings, Montana, he is a member of the Montana Broadcaster's Association Hall of Fame. Musburger was born in Portland and raised in Billings, the son of Beryl Ruth and Cec Musburger, he was an umpire for minor league baseball during the 1950s. He was a boyhood friend of former Major League pitcher Dave McNally, his brother, Todd Musburger, is a prominent sports agent. Musburger's youth included some brushes with trouble: when he was 12, he and his brother stole a car belonging to their mother's cleaning lady and took it for a joy ride, his parents sent him to the Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Minnesota. Educated at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, he was kicked out for a year for owning and operating a car without a license. Musburger began his career as a sportswriter for the now-defunct Chicago American newspaper, where he worked with legendary sportswriter Warren Brown. In 1968, Musburger penned a column regarding Tommie Smith and John Carlos's protest of racial injustice in the United States with a Black Power salute on the medal stand during the 1968 Summer Olympics.
In it he stated "Smith and Carlos looked like a couple of black-skinned storm troopers" who were "ignoble," "juvenile," and "unimaginative." In a 1999 article in The New York Times, Musburger stated that comparing the two to the Nazis was "harsh", but he stood by his criticism of the pair's action: Did improve anything?... Smith and Carlos aside, I object to using the Olympic awards stand to make a political statement. According to Carlos, Musburger never apologized: We are talking about someone who compared us to Nazis. Think about that. Here we are standing up to apartheid and to a man in Avery Brundage who delivered the Olympics to Hitler’s Germany, and here’s Musburger calling us Nazis. That got around, it followed us. It hurt us, it hurt my kids. I've never been able to confront him about; every time I’ve been at a function or an event with Brent Musburger and I walk towards him, he heads the other way. In 1968, Musburger began a 22-year association with CBS, first as a sports anchor for WBBM radio and for WBBM-TV.
In the mid-1970s, Musburger moved to Los Angeles and anchored news and sports for KNXT. Beginning in late 1973, Musburger was doing play-by-play for CBS Sports, he started out doing regular season National Football League games. Musburger was paired with Tommy Bart Starr, who provided the color commentary. A year Wayne Walker would be paired with Musburger in the booth. By 1975 at CBS, Musburger went from doing NFL play-by-play to rising to prominence as the host of the network's National Football League studio show, The NFL Today. Musburger began to cover many assignments for CBS Sports. Among the other events he covered, either as studio host or play-by-play announcer, were college football and basketball, the National Basketball Association, horse racing, the U. S. Open tournament, The Masters golf tournament, he would lend his talents to weekend afternoon fare such as The World's Strongest Man contests and the like. Musburger called Major League Baseball games for CBS Radio, but it was Musburger's association with The NFL Today.
During his tenure, CBS' NFL pregame show was the #1 rated pregame show. One of the signatures of the program was Musburger's show-opening teases to the various games CBS would cover, along with live images from the various stadiums. Musburger's accompanying intro to each visual, "You are looking live at..." became one of his catch phrases. In promoting the network, his voice tailed off on the last letter of "CBS", creating another catch phrase. Musburger made headlines when he got into a fist-fight with The NFL Today's betting analyst Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder in a Manhattan bar on October 27, 1980. However, the fist-fight incident was regarded as water under the bridge as the two cheerfully appeared on The NFL Today the following week wearing boxing gloves on camera. By the late 1980s, Musburger was CBS's top sportscaster, he was the main host and play-by-play announcer for the NBA Finals, college basketball, college football, the Belmont Stakes, the College World Series. He hosted a New Year's Eve countdown for CBS.
Musburger is regarded as the first broadcaster to apply the term March Madness to the annual NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship