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Sportscaster Greg Gumbel to Kick Off ODU President’s Lecture Series Sept. 18

Greg Gumbel

Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Greg Gumbel will be the first speaker in Old Dominion University's 2012-13 President's Lecture Series lineup.

Gumbel, whose standout work in the world of sports broadcasting has made his face, name and voice as familiar as any in the industry, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center. His talk is free and open to the public, but those planning to attend are asked to RSVP.

Throughout almost 40 years in the business, Gumbel has become one of the most outstanding and best-known announcers in sports television. He has covered everything from Major League Baseball to the NBA to the NFL, the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, World Figure Skating Championships and the Daytona 500, to name a few.

In the fall, he teams with his partner, Dan Dierdorf, to call NFL play-by-play action on CBS. Prior to returning to the booth in 2006, Gumbel completed his second season as the host of the CBS Emmy Award-winning show, "The NFL Today."

When the NFL season winds down, Gumbel switches from one premiere sports attraction to another. This year marks his 15th season as CBS's host for the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. During March Madness, he spends hours hosting in the studio with his colleagues, analysts Seth Davis and Greg Anthony, providing the latest highlights on the "Road to the Final Four."

Gumbel is a member of the National Board of Advisors for The March of Dimes and a member of the St. Jude Children's Hospital Sports Council. In 2007, he received the Pat Summerall Award for his outstanding work in broadcasting. The three-time Emmy Award winner is also a member of the Board of Regents at his alma mater, Loras College, in Dubuque, Iowa.

For more information or to RSVP to the lecture, visit www.odu.edu/univevents (event code:GGL12).