Marc Zumoff retiring after 39 years
Marc Zumoff retires from annoucing games after 39 years of doing what he loves. But why? Simply put, it’s time. Evidently, for this sports announcer, he’s ready to enjoy his life. Zumoff thinks of his bucketlist and the many items he hopes ro cross off in the later years of his life. As for the many things he still wishes to do, “play a musical instrument, learn to speak a foreign language, cook, travel,” and devote his time to a charitable cause.
The Moment Zumoff Fell in Love, at 8 Years old
But, before he leaves for good, he recalls the moment he fell in love. Apparently, it was with basketball and the Philadelphia sports team. Furthermore, with its devoted and passionate fans. He was 8 years old and saw the game through child’s eyes.
“My dad brought me to my first 76ers game when they first started playing in Philadelphia,” remembers Marc Zumoff. “As soon as I entered the arena, I was surprised by the loud crowd… amazed by everything I saw and heard.” For him, the birage of sounds and smells of the ballgame stirred his interest and sealed his fate on the road to become the official broadcaster for the Philadelphia 76ers. Not many people get to do the thing they dream about as a kid. Fortunately, for Zumoff, he did.
“February 29, 1964, I was eight years old; … that was the night the Philadelphia 76ers became my first love.”
“Fourth Quarter” of Life
He’s come along way from that 8 year boy. But, in terms of his love of the game, not much ahas changed. Now, as he reaches the final fold of his life, he remembers the sacrafices and moments through his career. He remembers his wife that stood by him through it all. But, he leaves with a smile on his face and a love in his heart.
“After 39 years of covering 76ers basketball, initially as the halftime host and the past 27 years as the TV announcer, it’s time for me to retire… If life is a basketball game, I’m in the final quarter!”
Zurmoff sends his love to the fans
Ultimately, Zumoff will forever be indebited to the fans of the game. Because, for him, it was their support and their passion that continued to draw out his love. Due to the fans that never gave up on the team, Zumoff shared his love of the game and Philadelphia’s team with them. Knowing that, he writes,
“Thank you, 76ers fans, for allowing me to be a part of this incredible journey. It has been an honor to be embraced by your homes.”
He continues to address the fans.
“I now grasp and value the duty of representing your team’s voice, and it was a genuine privilege for me.”
Philadelphia could not have a better broadcaster. Not since the days of Harry kalas and the Phillies, has there been a more dedicated broadcaster. For that, as the fans of Philadelphia, we thank Marc Zumoff for his years of service to our team and city.