Marv Albert is a sportscaster who is nationally recognized to be one of the all-time greats in his field. He has received many awards for his work.
- The Family
The “Voice of Basketball” was actually born Marvin Philip Aufrichtig on June 12th, 1941 in Long Island, New York. His family owned a grocery store on Brighton Beach Avenue during his younger years. He lived in Brooklyn and attended the Abraham Lincoln High School. He then went to Syracuse University and was enrolled in the Newhouse School of Public Communications. Finally, he went to New York University and graduated in 1965.
Marv was married to Benita Oberlander from 1965 until they divorced in 1992. Four children resulted from the union; Kenny, Brian, Denise and Jackie. He later married Heather Faulkiner in 1998.
Marv has sportscasting in his blood. His brothers, Steve and Al are both sportscasters. His son, Kenny followed in his footsteps as well.
- Work History
Marv started as a ball boy for the New York Knicks. Later, he got a break from Marty Glickman and became an announcer. He was the voice of the Knicks from 1967 until 2004 on both television and radio.
He supposedly criticized a Knicks player for a less than perfect play in 2004. Because of this comment, Marv was given his walking papers. He then no longer worked for Madison Square Garden network. That comment cost him his ability to announce for the New York Knicks.
Albert began to work for TNT in 1999. He not only did his usual play by plays for sports games but started calling Wimbledon Tennis matches for the station.
Marv was able to gain work announcing New Jersey Nets games. He originally worked with Mark Jackson. Later, he called the games with Mike Fratello.
He was the voice people heard for the New York Rangers hockey games from 1965-1994. Whenever there was a scheduling problem and Albert could not make a game, his brothers would take his place at the microphone.
Marv announced for many other sports. He worked for the New York Giants, calling their games from 1973 to 1976. He started calling on the radio for the NFLs Monday Night Football in 1979. He did so until 2009. He also called hockey and boxing but his true love is basketball. Marv was the host for the World Series twice and for the Breeder’s Cup, six times.
Marv Albert was the recipient of numerous awards. He was entered into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his incredible work in the sport.
He received the Cable Ace Award six times. The Ace Awards were given out for excellence in cable programming.
In 1994, Albert received the Curt Gowdy Media Award. This is given out by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
He received eight Emmy Awards. Five of them were for national sports. The remaining three were for sports in New York.
Marv was inducted into the National Jewish Museum Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. The Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame included him in 2006.
Albert was given the title of New York State Sportscaster of the Year an incredible twenty times!
- Legal Troubles
In 1997, Marv had some serious legal issues which created a feeding frenzy for the media. He was charged with assault and battery as well as forcible sodomy. His accuser stated that Marv assaulted her while they were staying at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City, Virginia. She claims that he forced her to have oral sex, bit her fifteen times on her back and sodomized her without her consent.
Albert’s defense said that he wanted to get out of the ten year relationship that he had with the woman. They claimed that she made up the charges because she couldn’t live without Marv. He finally pled guilty to the assault and battery charges which were misdemeanors. The bite marks were proven to be his as the DNA matched. The felony sodomy charge was eventually dropped. Marv Albert was sentenced to one year however, the sentence was suspended.