A sports broadcaster described as “arguably the most significant on-air personality in ESPN’s history” by The New York Post may be about to return to a high profile at the sports network.
The Post reports that ESPN has been in talks with Chris Berman about an expanded role during the upcoming NFL season.
Berman “accepted a lesser role with the company at the conclusion of the 2016-17 football season,” the report notes, adding: “The reduction of Berman’s role was spearheaded by ex-ESPN president John Skipper.”
“There is no deal yet, but there is interest on both sides,” The Post reports. “While the move would not be for a full-time position, sources said the possibility of Berman contributing more to or even hosting some Sunday night ‘SportsCenters’ has been broached.”
The report adds: “There is a hope that Berman could work a quarter of the NFL season, according to sources. ESPN would want Berman for more, but in semi-retirement, Berman already has made plans for some weekends, and so that is likely unfeasible — at least for this year.”