Reports have been piling up in the past 24 hours that suggest the days of Greg Papa as the Raiders’ play-by-play man may be coming to an end and the era of Brent Musburger will be beginning. What is not fully known for sure is if this change is immediate.
The first rumblings of it came from an account that led to some skepticism due to the fact that it literally has the word fake in it, which would suggest it’s a parody account. But its report has bore itself out today.
The Raiders will have a new but familiar voice calling games. Legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger is the new voice of the Raiders.— RudyMartzke2018 (@FakeRudyMartzke) July 17, 2018
Brent Musburger agreed to terms on a 2-year deal with Compass Media to call games on the radio for the entire football season for the Oakland Raiders. His first season will be in Oakland and then to Las Vegas to call Las Vegas Raider games on the radio.— RudyMartzke2018 (@FakeRudyMartzke) July 17, 2018
Then Awful Announcing caught wind of it and did some digging and came up with some substance.
“The anonymous account has a pretty solid track record breaking sports media news. AA looked for confirmation and received a “Where did you hear that? Let me call you back as I don’t think that’s supposed to be announced yet,” from someone with knowledge of hiring. It’s possible the deal isn’t 100% finalized, but is more or less locked in at this point.”
The Athletic did some poking around and while they were unable to get solid confirmation, they got no solid denials either.
There have been some questions as to whether Papa would be following the Raiders to Vegas being that he is not just the voice of the Raiders but other Bay Area teams as well. But the team is not set to move into their new stadium in Vegas until at least 2020. Though whether they will play in Oakland in 2019 is still not set in stone because their lease is up after this season.
A short time after the Athletic report came out, The Las Vegas Review Journal — Musburger lives in Las Vegas and does radio for the Vegas Stats and Information Network — reported the deal with Musburger is for three years and it starts this season.
Just minutes after that report, Musburger tweeted this out, suggesting he is already all about the Raiders, saying “Always love a home dog” with regard to the team of which he will soon be the play-by-play voice.
VSiN says Raiders are 3-point underdogs in NFL opener vs. Rams. Always love a home dog.— Brent Musburger (@brentmusburger) July 17, 2018
The 79-year-old Musburger is a longtime veteran sports announcer, having worked for CBS Sports for 17 years from 1973 to 1990 and then ABC for 17 years from 1990 to 2017. He worked mostly with the NFL, but also called games for college football as well as basketball.