Dick Vitale Declined CBS Offer to Call NCAA Tournament Game This Year

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By Jimmy Traina The announcing legend explained his decision in an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated. Legendary college basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale has never called an NCAA tournament game for a U.S. audience in his career. CBS and Turner tried to change that this season, but he declined the offer. Vitale told Sports Illustrated that CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus recently reached out to the analyst and asked him to call one or two NCAA tournament games this season, but, according to Vitale, he passed on the offer out of loyalty to ESPN. Vitale said that after 40-plus years …

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