Who should replace Marv Albert as Turner’s NBA lead? The cases for Kevin Harlan, Brian Anderson and Ian Eagle

Who should replace Marv Albert as Turner’s NBA lead? The cases for Kevin Harlan, Brian Anderson and Ian Eagle

Succession plans do not always go smoothly. Just ask Tyrion Lannister, Tim Floyd or the owners of Waystar RoyCo.

In the field of sports broadcasting, especially for media rightsholders of a significant property, the best organizations identify (and hire) candidates before the actual succession takes place. NBCUniveral’s hire of Mike Tirico — the ready-made replacement for Al Michaels on Sunday Night Football — is a current example of a sports network smartly planning ahead.

For two decades, Marv Albert has been the lead play-by-play voice for Turner Sports. Last month Albert announced he will retire following his call of TNT’s coverage of the 2021 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

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