For all the accolades he's received as a college and professional basketball coach and an even longer career in broadcasting, Dick Vitale insists his greatest accomplishment has been raising money Vitale joined ESPN shortly after its launch in He called the network's first significant college basketball game on Dec. Dick Vitale gets to experience a pair of rarities Tuesday night — he will call a game with Hubie Brown and he will be the junior analyst.
He is a cult figure, showman, power broker, author, columnist,. Players, coaches, fans and media respect his wisdom and influence; some mimic his "V-Speak," his self-styled vocabulary; others cringe at his shtick. Vitale and ESPN have ridden each other's coattails since the all-sports cable network's launch in Some critics say Vitale's appearance on ESPN's telecasts of high school games involving prized recruit LeBron James of Akron , Ohio , reflects a maddening overhype of scholastic sports. Others say Vitale spares coaches, some of whom are his closest friends, when he addresses the ills of college basketball. And still others say Vitale and the network encourage carnival barking to the detriment of the game.
This New Jersey native is to college basketball what fireworks and watermelon are to the 4th of July. As the popularity of college basketball took off in the 80s, Vitale's fame also soared as ESPN's 1 color analyst. Still working for ESPN, Dick has fan clubs on college campuses all over America and is often more popular with the fans than the game he is covering. Dick is in high demand as a motivational speaker. He is also the author of several books including "Vitale: Time Out, Baby!
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