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Calabro on Not Coming Back to the Sounders

By Matthew Halverson February 10, 2010

The Sounders FC is expected to announce today that Kevin Calabro isn’t coming back as the club’s play-by-play announcer. The longtime voice of Seattle Sports spoke to Seattle Metropolitan last month about the decision.

Given the fact that you had to come from a basketball background and learn how to call a new game, does that make this any harder to accept?

It was a great experience. It taught me some new skills, which is always very valuable. My intention is to continue to do soccer, if I can, when and where I can and whoever I can work for, whether it’s for MLS or not. If ESPN wanted to use me for soccer matches, I would most definitely be amenable to that. If some franchise in this league needs a guy that can come out and do a package of games, I’m open to that as well. This particular franchise wasn’t, but that doesn’t mean that another won’t be.

So what’s next for you in Seattle? Will you stay here?

Yeah, I’ll stay here. My antennae are always up to new opportunities. I will continue to work for ESPN as long as they’ll have me. I’ll make Seattle my base. I’ll continue to do the work at the radio station [710 ESPN]. So yeah, those are two pretty good projects right there that I’ve got cooking. And I think anything else at this point would almost be overextending myself and spreading myself too thin. You know, it’s probably a good thing that I’m not coming back to do the Sounders. It’s actually going to be better for me because I’m going to have the summer to chill out and get myself ready for the basketball season. And it’s good from the standpoint of the Sounders. They’ll find a guy who will be with them 24/7.

With that in mind, what’s it going to be like for you to go through an entire season of not calling a Seattle team?

It won’t be difficult at all, to be honest with you. I’m doing NBA broadcasts, and ESPN is seen on every television here in Seattle. Look, I [called Sonics games] for 21 years. There are very few guys who were lucky enough, good enough to stay with a team for 20-plus years. There just aren’t many of them. I’m still young enough, at 53, that I’ve got a 95 mile-per-hour fastball, and my curveball still bites.

You’re mixing your sports metaphors, Kevin.

Alright, I’ve still got hops, I’ve still got the jumper, and I still play above the rim. There will be plenty of opportunities for me out there. We won’t go for a lack of work.

For more with Calabro, including whether he wishes he’d moved to Oklahoma City with the former Sonics franchise, pick up the March issue of Seattle Metropolitan.

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