On the same day he learned he will finally call the Final Four, Dick Vitale had a minor accident while covering a game in Ann Arbor, Mich. According to multiple media reports, Vitale walked into a window Tuesday at the Wolverines' home game against the Ohio State and sustained a facial cut. He was reportedly treated by paramedics but was all right. Vitale was prepared to call the matchup of top-10 teams for ESPN. On Twitter, Vitale posted pictures of himself smiling with colleagues shortly before the game. Earlier Tuesday, the network announced that Vitale will call Final Four games this year for ESPN International. The longtime announcer will work a semifinal and the championship game for telecast that will air in 150 countries and territories across 35 broadcast networks in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Canada. Vitale, 73, has called more than 2,000 college basketball games since joining ESPN in 1979. He has been a studio analyst for the network's NCAA tournament coverage every year since, but he hasn't announced a Final Four game because NBC and then CBS have owned the rights.
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