TAMPA, Fla. -- Jim Karvellas, a longtime broadcaster of NBA
games and the Cosmos soccer team, died at 71.
He died at his home on New Year's Day of complications from
prostate cancer, son Chris Karvellas said.
Karvellas was known for his call of "bull's-eye" on a big
basket and intoning "this is Cosmos soccer." His voice became a
staple of New York sports for two decades beginning in the 1970s.
Karvellas' career began in 1962 as the voice of the Chicago
Zephyrs, the city's NBA franchise before the Bulls. The Zephyrs
became the Baltimore Bullets in 1964 and Karvellas, the NBA's
youngest announcer, began a 16-year stint as the team's voice.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, Karvellas branched into
television, covering teams throughout the Northeast, including the
Cosmos and the New York Knicks. He also did national NBA broadcasts
for CBS and the USA cable network.
Karvellas broadcast the Cosmos until their demise in 1985. The
North American Soccer League team was known for such international
stars as Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto.
In 1969-70, he called both the Super Bowl and World Series when
two Baltimore teams, the Colts and Orioles, made appearances.
In addition to his son, survivors include daughter Jamie and
five grandchildren. His wife, Lorie, died in 1997.