Gumbel worked for the Network from October 1989 through May 1994. He hosted THE NFL TODAY, the Network's pre-game, halftime and post-game NFL program, from 1990 to 1993. In addition, he served as primetime anchor of CBS Sports' coverage of the 1994 Olympic Winter Games and as co-anchor of the Network's weekday morning broadcasts of the 1992 Olympic Winter Games. His other host roles have included Major League Baseball and college football broadcasts for CBS Sports.
Gumbel had worked for NBC Sports (1994-98) as a host and play-by-play announcer. He served as host of the "NFL on NBC" pre-game show and NBC's Super Bowl pre-game shows in 1996 and 1998. In addition, he served as host of the pre-game show for the 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and as a play-by-play announcer on NBC's "Baseball Night in America" regular-season and post-season games. Gumbel also served as a play-by-play announcer for the "NBA on NBC." He was the host of the 1995 World Figure Skating Championships and of NBC's daytime coverage of the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta.
While at CBS, Gumbel also provided play-by-play for regular-season college basketball and the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, regular-season and playoff NBA and College World Series championship games. He worked for the Network on a part-time basis in September 1988 as a play-by-play announcer for NFL games.
Gumbel's pre-CBS experience includes host roles for New York Knicks basketball and New York Yankees baseball for the Madison Square Garden Network, as well as three other weekly MSGN programs. He won a local Emmy Award while there. He has also worked for ESPN, WMAQ-TV Chicago, where he won two local Emmys, and WFAN Radio in New York City.
Gumbel was born May 3, 1946 in New Orleans and grew up in Chicago. He was graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1967 with a degree in English. He now lives in Orlando, Fla.