Chris Berman will proceed to host NFL PrimeTime after agreeing to a brand new contract with ESPN.
The multiyear settlement was introduced on Berman’s 66th birthday Monday.
“We have been engaged on it for some time, and this was the right time to do it,” Berman mentioned throughout a phone interview. “ESPN has been nearly two-thirds of my life. I am honored that what I do nonetheless works.”
Berman has been an integral a part of ESPN all through its historical past after becoming a member of the community a month after its launch in September 1979. Apart from being one of many unique SportsCenter anchors, he additionally has been a key a part of the community’s NFL and baseball protection.
He hosted NFL PrimeTime with Tom Jackson from 1987 to 2005 on ESPN after which beginning once more in 2019 when it returned on the ESPN+ streaming service. Berman — who additionally hosted NFL Countdown from 1985 to 2016 — teamed up with Booger McFarland for PrimeTime final yr when Jackson couldn’t journey because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Berman approached ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro when ESPN+ began about the potential for reviving PrimeTime. Berman mentioned seeing the success of PrimeTime on the streaming service has mirrored watching the expansion of ESPN.
“The truth that I’ll get to do it once more this season is one thing I’ve loved essentially the most,” he mentioned. “I really like having the ability to assist construct one other entity with it this time being within the streaming world.”
Berman mentioned it stays to be decided who will be part of him on PrimeTime through the coming season.
Berman was the 2010 recipient of the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Tv Award and has been the grasp of ceremonies for the Corridor’s induction ceremony since 1999.
“Fairly merely, Chris Berman has personified ESPN’s success for greater than 4 many years,” Norby Williamson, ESPN’s government vp and government editor, mentioned in an announcement. “Followers reply to his genuine love of sports activities, his means to savor and seize the massive moments, and his on-air fashion that reminds us how dwell video games can really be equal components important and enjoyable. We’re delighted Boomer’s magical trip at ESPN will proceed for years to return.”