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Emmy-Winner Bryant Gumbel to Host "Sports Illustrated's 20th Century Sports Awards Show" Live on CBS December 2
Muhammad Ali, Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky, Chris Evert, Bill Russell Among Others to Attend the Ken Ehrlich Produced Event
New York, October 7, 1999 - "Sports Illustrated's 20th Century Sports Awards" will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network, Thursday, December 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) from Madison Square Garden. The two-hour awards spectacular will honor the greatest athletes of the past 100 years, as selected by Sports Illustrated editors.
Bryant Gumbel will be part of sports television history when he hosts the awards show. Gumbel will be joined by legendary sports figures such as, Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Magic Johnson, Billie Jean King, Wayne Gretzky, Dick Butkus, Peggy Fleming, Bill Russell, Richard Petty and many more.
The two-hour awards spectacular produced by Ken Ehrlich, in conjunction with TWI, will celebrate the highlights of athletic achievement in the 20th Century. Ehrlich is one of the most outstanding producers of television awards and music specials. His credits include the Grammy Awards, which he has produced for CBS since 1980 and the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards as well as numerous music specials.
Bryant Gumbel's role in the show is a natural one as a result of his outstanding accomplishments as a sports journalist. His broadcast career began in 1972 as a sportscaster for KNBC-TV, Los Angeles. He worked for NBC Sports from 1975 - 1982 where he served as host of virtually all its primary programs and championship-event broadcasts, including Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the NCAA basketball tournament. In 1988, he hosted NBC's primetime coverage of the Olympic Summer Games in Seoul. Gumbel has compiled a remarkably diverse array of credits during his distinguished career. In addition to his exemplary work at NBC Sports, he has interviewed superpower leaders and Super Bowl heroes while covering foreign wars, elections, international summits and presidential nominations. Currently, Gumbel hosts the HBO series "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," and is set to anchor CBS Television's new morning show, "The Early Show," which premieres Monday, November 1, 1999. In addition to winning three Emmy Awards, Gumbel has received the Martin Luther King Award from the Congress of Racial Equality, the United Negro College Funds highest honor and three NAACP Image Awards.
"Bryant has been an integral part of sports for more than 25 years," commented Michael J. Klingensmith, president of Sports Illustrated. "He is the ideal choice to host what promises to be an unforgettable celebration of the great athletes, achievements and moments of the 20th Century."
"Sports Illustrated's 20th Century Sports Awards" is sponsored by the Chrysler brand, Compaq Computer Corporation, Motorola Inc. and American General. For more information on "Sports Illustrated 20th Century Sports Awards," log on to "The Century's Best/Sports Illustrated 20th Century" section on CNNSI.com.