ESPN announced today that it has signed a multi-year contract extension with host Chris Berman. His extension begins in 2013.
One of the original talent hires at the network in 1979, by the time this new deal expires Berman will have worked for ESPN for nearly 40 years.
Berman will continue as the leading voice and face of ESPN’s National Football League studio coverage as host of Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown and Monday Night Football halftime, NFL highlight segments on SportsCenter and the NFL Draft. He will also continue to host the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby and ESPN’s U.S. Open golf coverage.
“On the day we commemorate our company’s birthday, it’s fitting we extend our relationship with Chris, arguably the most recognizable face and voice in ESPN’s history.” said ESPN President, “Since arriving in Bristol in 1979, Chris’ passion and enthusiasm, and, of course his signature highlights, have long been his trademarks, earning him a special place among fans for more than three decades.”
“I never could have dreamed that ESPN would be my home as a young man in his 20’s all the way to a not-so-young man in his 60’s.” said Berman, “It’s always been a privilege to work alongside thousands of colleagues who love the sports we cover and the people who make them so special. It remains an honor to be welcomed into the homes of sports fans far and wide, and I’m thrilled to be able to continue such a marvelous journey.”