Dick Vitale to broadcast Final Four

Dick Vitale, a 34-year broadcast veteran and Naismith Hall of Famer, will work the first NCAA Men's Final Four of his career for ESPN International during this year's tournament.

Vitale, 73, will serve as the analyst on Final Four telecasts from Atlanta, calling a semifinal and the championship game.

"I am thrilled for this awesome opportunity to sit courtside for the NCAA championship game," Vitale said in a news release.

Jay Bilas will serve as the color analyst for the other semifinal, while Brad Nessler will call play-by-play for all three games.

"I learned from the great Jim Simpson years ago that the championship game is the most important moment in the athletic career to many of the kids who are playing in it," Vitale said of the retired legendary sportscaster. "I will deliver the same enthusiasm, energy, excitement and respect as I do with every game I work."

The telecasts will reach 150 countries and territories across 35 television and broadcast networks outside the United States, including in Latin America (Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America), Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, Japan and Canada.

"Dick has played a key role in the growth of college basketball over his Hall of Fame career," said John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president of production. "Fans around the world will now experience his passion and enthusiasm for life and the game."