I had the pleasure this week of interviewing a man that I consider to be one of the top play-by-play announcers in all of professional and college sports, Gus Johnson. You can now access this interview at CBSSports.com by CLICKING HERE.
Johnson will begin his latest broadcast endeavor as the lead voice of CBS’ coverage of EliteXC this Saturday. It’s a role that Johnson indicated that both he and the network are committed to. When I asked him about how he will juggle his NFL broadcasting duties with possible Fall MMA telecasts, Johnson seemed to state that MMA could represent a higher priority for him:
Q: You’re a big part of CBS’ coverage of the NFL and there are four EliteXC shows scheduled to be broadcast on the network before year’s end. If there are fall EliteXC shows, will you miss them because of your commitment to the network’s NFL telecasts?
G.S.: Actually, you know what? From what I understand, the network is committed to me doing these MMA broadcasts first. So I don’t think that I will be missing any. Hopefully after the shows are over I can get on a plane and get to where I need to be the next day, the next morning. But the plan is for me to call all of these shows.
Johnson also discussed his impressions of his broadcast partners, Mauro Ranallo, Frank Shamrock, and Karyn Bryant; his decision to start taking jiu-jitsu classes in order to prepare for this bout; why he compares MMA to quantum physics; and more!
Just click here in order to read the interview in its entirety.