INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Big Ten Network announcer Gus Johnson calls the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Indiana Hoosiers during the first round of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 10, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Gus Johnson Officially Heads To FOX After CBS Declines Contract Match

Everyone's favorite play-by-play man, Gus Johnson, is officially a member of the FOX broadcasting crew after CBS let him walk.

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Gus Johnson Move To FOX Football From CBS Now Official

Gus Johnson's CBS departure is now official, as FOX has finally announced the long-time voice of March Madness as its new lead college football play-by-play man. He'll be paired with Charles Davis for Pac-12, Big 12 and Conference USA games this fall, along with a couple Big Ten games and the Cotton Bowl, which sometimes involves Les Miles! The dream is alive!

College basketball hasn't entirely lost Gus, as he'll call Big Ten games and the Pac-12 tournament. The NFL will have to wait its turn, however, as he'll only call pro games once the college season is over with.

Johnson commented on the move in such a Gus Johnson manner that you sort of think his lines were written for him:

Ahhhhhh! I am beyond excited to join the FOX Sports family today. Being able to call play-by-play for the nation's premier collegiate football conferences like the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 is a tremendous honor and I can't wait to get started!  Is it August yet?    

Other sports announcers: if press releases on your hiring do not involve screaming, you are a lesser sports announcer and should strive to do better.


Gus Johnson Joins Fox After 16-Year Career At CBS, According To Report

Gus Johnson will now join Fox to broadcast games as CBS declined to match the rival network's offer on Monday, according to the New York Daily News' Bob Raissman. The sources informing Raissman believe that one major factor in this decision was over Johnson's association with March Madness. Supposedly other members of the CBS Sports basketball team were not pleased that Johnson became the signature broadcaster of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Johnson will leave behind college basketball, boxing and MMA for the NFL and the Pac-12. With a new media deal for the Pac-12, the conference will now be able to add a signature voice to their broadcast coverage. No details have emerged on Johnson's contract with Fox yet, but he will be a prominent part of the Fox team.

Johnson spent 16 years with CBS Sports before his contract expired at the end of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Get ready for football calls to be over the top.


Gus Johnson's Departure From CBS Sports 'Premature,' According To Report

Gus Johnson's departure from CBS Sports may not happen, according to the NY Daily News. While he does have an offer from Fox to cover the NFL and the Pac-12, his agents have yet to present the terms to CBS to see if they will match it. That is expected to come next week, which will then give CBS a week to counter the offer.

With the Pac-12's new media deal announced on Wednesday, adding a signature broadcaster in Johnson would be a huge move, and Bruins Nation and CougCenter, our UCLA and Wazzu blogs, likely express the sentiment most Pac-12 fans have right now: Get Johnson now!

But MMA and boxing fans would be relieved if the earlier report on Johnson holds true. Bloody Elbow, covering MMA, acknowledged his college basketball and NFL announcing prowess, but offers criticism of how he handled other events:

Johnson is likely most famous (or infamous) to MMA fans for his over-the-top call of the Kimbo Slice vs. Seth Petruzelli fight, and his offhand statements during the brawl at Strikeforce: Nashville between Cesar Gracie's team and Jason "Mayhem" Miller

Scott Christ at Bad Left Hook understands fans will miss Johnson's calls in other sports, but he believes this helps out boxing:

So look, yes I'm happy that Gus isn't going to be, in my opinion, weighing down the Showtime boxing broadcasts anymore. I felt he never really meshed with the sport, and that despite it seeming to be on paper a good mix, it just never worked out. But he's one of the most well-known sports broadcasters in America, and I'm sure he'll have a new job before you can even get used to his absence in his old haunts.

And that new job may just be the same as the old one--only time will tell.


Gus Johnson Leaves CBS Sports After 16 Years, According To Report

On Thursday afternoon, Sports Illustrated is reporting that CBS college basketball and NFL broadcaster Gus Johnson will leave the network after the two parties could not agree on a new deal. SI's Richard Deitsch also reports that Johnson is a possible candidate to call college football games for Fox.

Industry sources said Johnson has spoken with Fox Sports about a role in its college football coverage. Fox Sports (which has a 49 percent ownership share in the Big Ten Network) recently upped its inventory of college football as part of the 12-year, $3 billion contract between the Pac-10 (soon to be the Pac-12) and ESPN and Fox.

According to the report, Johnson had been considered for a play-by-play position on NFL Network, which announced Thursday that ESPN's Brad Nessler had been hired to fill the role.

Over his 16-year career as a play-by-play man for CBS Sports, Johnson has emerged as one of the most recognizable voices in American sports broadcasting. The 43-year-old Johnson, who also calls MMA matches for Strikeforce, is known best for his unconventionally excitable demeanor behind the microphone.

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