Tonight I will do what I have done twice a year since I can remember; I will watch the North Carolina-Duke game. But this year the game will be unlike any other I have watched. Dick Vitale will not be announcing it. For the first time since 1979 ESPN has left Dick Vitale off the broadcast, bringing an end to a great tradition in broadcasting.
Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas will be at the Mic for ESPN. Dick Vitale shared his feelings about being left off the broadcast with the Raleigh News & Observer:
“I told them that I cannot lie when a writer asks me what’s my feeling not doing the game,” he said. “I said I have to be honest. And my honest reply to you is, obviously, I’m a loyal, team player. I will go where my bosses tell me to go.
“But in my heart I will absolutely miss being a part of North Carolina-Duke.”
“It’s been a special part of my basketball and my announcing career,” Vitale said. “And I will never forget the magical moments that I’ve had, being able to be part of such an incredible rivalry.”
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