SACRAMENTO, Calif. ― The Professional Bull Riders announced that play-by-play commentator Craig Hummer will rejoin the PBR broadcast team, making his 2013 debut this weekend at the PBR Built Ford Tough Series Sacramento Invitational at Sleep Train Arena.
"I've been eager to get back to work for a couple weeks and I'm excited to finally get the chance to resume my role as Ty, Justin, J.W., and Leah's sidekick." Hummer said. "I may have never ridden a bull, but after wrestling with - and losing to - a 2,000-pound car, I've got a new appreciation for the pain these guys ride through."
Hummer sustained injuries from a bicycle accident in December that sidelined him for two months. Sam Gore, Brandon Bates, Justin McBride and Clint Adkins stepped in to fill in for Hummer, while he recovered.
"Physically, I'm nowhere near 100 percent, but that seems like the norm around all these other great athletes, so I'll just do my best to describe the passion the riders, the PBR and the fans all have for this sport," Hummer said "Thanks to everyone for their well-wishes during the past six weeks. It has meant a lot. I'm happy to have surprised my doctors with a speedy recovery and even happier to be in Sacramento this weekend."
Returning for his seventh season as the play-by-play broadcaster, Hummer brings 16 years of experience to the booth, and has covered over 50 sports for network, cable and syndicated shows. He has been a member of the broadcast team for the past four NBC Olympics broadcasts, and has done play-by-play for every aquatic sport. He has hosted the Tour de France on VERSUS and NBC Sports Network since 2008, following four years as a reporter on the broadcast. He is the new host of Heads Up Poker on NBC, and has also anchored the network's Sports Update. Hummer was the host and did play-by-play for the America's Cup in 2007, and has hosted CBS' broadcast of the Tour de France.
"We are all delighted that Craig is returning as the long-time television voice of the PBR," said David Neal, who produces BFTS broadcasts for the PBR. "Craig's blend of professionalism, coupled with his knowledge of and passion for the PBR, always contributes to the overall success of our TV coverage."
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner Neal, who serves as executive producer.
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