ESPN’s Six-time National Sportscaster of the Year has signed a contract extension, the network has announced.
The sportscaster is Chris Berman, who joined ESPN duing its first month of launch back in 1979.
ESPN Executive Vice President, Content John Skipper said in the announcement: “Chris will continue to be the face and voice of ESPN, delivering sports news, expert storytelling and, of course, his signature highlights with the same passion, energy and enthusiasm that has resonated with fans since he first arrived in Bristol in 1979.”
Berman himself said in the statement, " “Home is where the heart is, and I am thrilled to be staying home at ESPN for years to come. It’s been a privilege to work alongside my colleagues and an honor to be welcomed into the homes of sports fans for over 30 years. In fact, since this all began in 1979, that means we’ve been together for parts of five decades. I can’t wait to continue the journey.”
Reportedly some other media outlets had been interested in Berman, including DirecTV and the NFL Network
The announcement did not say for how long Berman has extended his contract, nor did it say when his current contract was supposed to end. Upon receiving the announcement we called ESPN to find out the answers to these questions but we were told that no one was around to answer our questions until later today.
[UPDATE: ESPN has gotten back to us. Berman’s current deal expires on his 55th birthday on May 10th. The extension is for "multiple years." The ESPN spokesman says company policy is not to discuss contract terms, including exact length of deals.]
Berman’s extension was first reported by USA Today.