Albert's On-air Status Is Unclear

Posted: May 21, 1997

NBC Sports and the Madison Square Garden Network declined to comment on the status of sportscaster Marv Albert, who was charged yesterday with forcible sodomy and assault.

Albert, 53, is expected to appear before the Circuit Court in Arlington, Va., next week for arraignment on charges stemming from an incident that allegedly took place in a hotel room last February.

Albert, who works for NBC Sports and the Madison Square Garden Network, did not do the play-by-play of Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals between the Flyers and Rangers for MSG last night. An MSG spokesman said Albert had never been scheduled to do the game.

``At this time,'' MSG spokesman Barry Watkins said, reading a statement, ``the MSG Network has no comment.''

Albert, who does play-by-play for Rangers and Knicks games on MSG, has been a fixture at NBC Sports for nearly three decades and is the network's top play-by-play announcer for the NBA playoffs.

His next scheduled appearance was to be Saturday's game between Chicago and Miami. When asked whether he would broadcast that game, an NBC Sports spokesman also declined to comment.

``Marv Albert is a valued part of NBC Sports,'' the spokesman said, reading a statement. ``Obviously, it is inappropriate for us to comment at this time until we have had an opportunity to fully review the allegations with Marv, his representatives and our lawyers.''

Since the 1990-91 season, Albert has been assigned to NBC's coverage of the NBA. He also called boxing during NBC's telecast of the 1996 Olympic Games from Atlanta and called the basketball competition for the network in the 1992 Summer Games from Barcelona, Spain.

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