Reports: Musburger to Be New Voice of the Raiders

Legendary Broadcaster, 79, to Replace Greg Papa Next Season

Silver and Black Today
July 17, 2018 - 3:21 pm
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By J. Burroughs, Silver and Black Today

What started as a Twitter rumor has taken on more validity as multiple news sources are reporting legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger is set to take over the Raiders play-by-play duties.

Multiple news sources are reporting today that Las Vegas-based veteran broadcaster Brent Musburger is set to become the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders new play-by-play announcer replacing the popular Greg Papa. Although the Raiders have not commented or confirmed the report, weeks of speculation about Papa’s standing is widespread with the current Raiders voice rumored headed to the cross-town rival San Francisco 49ers.

Reports say Musburger will begin his duties this coming season.

What started as a report from the Twitter handle “FakeRudyMartzke,” was soon picked up by the website Awful Announcing and now by the (future) hometown Las Vegas Review-Journal. Team officials do not have a comment and nothing is confirmed outside of the two media reports and social media posts.

The Review-Journal‘s report claims Musburger has agreed to a three-year deal which begins in 2018. The final year of the deal would be the Raiders first in Las Vegas as they open their new stadium and home in 2020. Neither Musburger or Papa have officially commented on the reports either.

Although a bit of a surprise, Musburger is the one national-known voice that calls Las Vegas home. Just last year, Musburger retired from ABC and ESPN to help launch the startup Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN) which broadcasts out of a studio on the casino floor at the South Point Hotel & Casino. The gaming focus of the network and its programming suited the 79-year old broadcaster well. In addition, he also pens a local sports column in the same newspaper reporting the deal.

Much like the Raiders relocation to Las Vegas, the move, if true, is already proving another polarizing decision amongst Raider Nation. Papa is a beloved part of the franchise serving as its voice since 1993. Many surmised Papa would most likely leave the team when it moves to Las Vegas, but the timing is much sooner than fans expected.

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