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Brian Anderson excited about NCAA regional final announcing gig

TBS announcer Brian Anderson, who is pictured in

TBS announcer Brian Anderson, who is pictured in the booth at a Brewers game, where he is the lead play-by-play man. Credit: Milwaukee Brewers

Brian Anderson does not have a flashy name or flashy style or even a flashy primary job as lead TV play-by-play man for the Brewers, where he is entering his 10th season.

But he continues to rise up the national announcing ranks and become more familiar to fans.

The latest step came Tuesday, when CBS and Turner announced he would be one of the four play-by-play men to call a regional final of the NCAA Tournament.

Joined by analyst Steve Smith and reporter Dana Jacobson, he will fill the spot that had been occupied by Marv Albert, who now will concentrate solely on the NBA.

The other regional finals will be called by Jim Nantz, Verne Lundquist and Kevin Harlan.

Choosing Ian Eagle, another logical option to replace Albert, would have created an imbalance between announcers who are primarily associated with CBS or Turner. Anderson, 44, was an obvious choice on the Turner side.

“I’m very excited about it,” said Anderson, who recently signed a new deal with Turner that will take effect in January of next year.

Will he be happy to have the added visibility that comes with the assignment?

“I can’t think about that, because then I’ll get really nervous and I’ll probably gag if I do that,” he said. “I don’t like to think about audience. I don’t like to think about critics. There’s enough to focus on . . . It’s always for me been outside-in. It’s been about the games. It sounds overly humble, but I just truly go about it that way.

“I’ve worked hard at it, and I’m glad to be able to do some of these big games.”

Anderson’s role at Turner includes Major League Baseball playoff games, and in 2011 he called the NLCS when Ernie Johnson had to miss games for personal reasons.

Still, Johnson remains the network’s lead baseball voice, a role in which his reviews have been less positive than the raves he long has gotten for his NBA studio work.

Might Anderson someday like a crack at an even bigger baseball role?

“Ernie is my mentor, one of my great friends and he’s earned the right to do whatever he wants to do at Turner, and as long as he wants to do baseball play-by-play I support that 100 percent; I love Ernie,” Anderson said.

“I would obviously love to do the LCS. I did it the one year. But it’s not because of any job Ernie does or what I feel my standing is. He has his place in broadcasting and I certainly support whatever Turner does.”

Anderson said he has no desire to work anywhere on a local basis other than Milwaukee, not even Los Angeles, where Vin Scully’s retirement is about to open a spot on Dodgers broadcasts. “I paralleled the contract with the Brewers for the same duration [as Turner],” he said. “I’m very happy there.”

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