Some critics say Vitale represents over-the-top showmanship in broadcasting. "I'm taking up a collection to bribe Dicky V into doing one entire game without raving about some stupid dunk," wrote Bob Ryan, longtime Boston Globe basketball columnist. "The man is a sweetheart human being, but he has no idea how much harm he causes by encouraging on-court nonsense."
But Vitale's knowledge of college basketball, and influence within it, are without question. And ratings attest to his recognition factor. "Dick Vitale has been synonymous with college basketball," said Rudy Martzke, media critic for USA Today. "He brings an insider's perspective to each broadcast, and his lifelong relationships provide him a wealth of knowledge few can equal."
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