Skip to main content

Greg Gumbel Makes His Opinion On NFL Announcers Very Clear

Greg Gumbel

HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 01: Sportscaster Greg Gumbel is interviewed prior to the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four at NRG Stadium on April 1, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

This year's sports media offseason has yielded some ridiculously steep contracts for broadcasters in the NFL booth.

CBS Sports broadcaster Greg Gumbel chimed in with his opinion on these big-time paydays during a recent appearance on the SI Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina.

The 75-year-old broadcaster suggested that these contracts may be overestimating the value that booth announcers bring to the game.

“I will tell you, it has gotten crazy,” Gumbel said. “I don’t have any need to be jealous of it. I’ve been treated really nicely and have always been appreciative of what I’ve been able to do for a long, long time. So I think that doesn’t apply to me. What does tickle my thought process is, I’ve never felt in my entire life there is an announcer who can bring someone to the TV set to watch a game that that viewer wasn’t already going to watch. And I believe the only thing a broadcaster can do is chase people away.”

He wouldn't call them out by name, but Gumbel believes there are a few announcers out there who drive viewers away.

“I won’t name them — but there are three or four announcers, ‘Oh, I’m really interested in watching, oops, nope, click, gone,'” he added. “I truly believe that. I don’t think that someone is tuning in just to hear a particular person call a football game.”

Sparked by the massive 10-year, $180 million deal signed by Tony Romo and CBS in 2020, this lavish-contract movement is becoming more and more commonplace in the broadcasting world.

Troy Aikman signed a five-year, $90 million contract to join ESPN's Monday Night Football crew earlier this offseason. He was quickly followed by his longtime partner Joe Buck, who agreed to a reported five-year, $60-75 million deal.