Dick Vitale will call NCAA Final Four games on ESPN International

As the face of ESPN’s college basketball for 34 years, legendary analyst Dick Vitale has had a front row seat to more than 2,000 college basketball telecasts, including many of the best and most memorable matchups.

The one event missing from his Hall of Fame resume is calling an NCAA Men’s Final Four game. That will all change this year. ESPN announced today that Vitale will work two Final Four games for ESPN International in 2013 — a semifinal and the National Championship.

ESPN hoops analyst Jay Bilas will work the other semifinal (not called by Vitale) while Brad Nessler will call play-by-play on all three telecasts. Front Row put together a video retrospective of highlights from Vitale’s career at ESPN.

Video produced by Ariel Bond

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  • Noel Doyle

    I have written a unique poem entitled “March Madness” which I believe would interest Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas and other ESPB basketball announcers. I would like to submit it for their interest and entertainment. Would you please advise me how I might do this. It’s a narrative verse featuring humor and rhyme. Than you. Noel Doyle

    • David Scott

      You can send it to espnfrontrow[at]espn.com and we will pass it along. Thanks for checking out Front Row.

      • Noel Doyle

        Dear Dick:
        Congratulations on the Final Four opportunity. I am a long time fan of yours (76 years old) and look fwd to hearing your voice on that special venue. I have written a unique poem entitled “March Madness” which I believe would interest you and other ESPB basketball announcers. I would like to submit it for your interest and entertainment. Would you please advise me how I might do this. It’s a narrative verse featuring humor and rhyme. Thank you. Noel Doyle