Oh, Joy: Chris Berman signs multi-year extension with ESPN
ESPN has announced that it has retained the services of one Chris Berman, signing the polarizing but longtime figure at The Worldwide Leader in Sports to a multi-year extension. And the sporting public at-large could not happier. If this was opposite day. Which it is not.
According to a press release where he is referred to as “[o]ne of the preeminent sports commentators of his generation,” (JESUS!) Berman’s extension will kick in in 2013 and when the terms are complete, the Bermanator will have been affiliated with EPSN for nearly 40 years. Count ’em: 40. And the fact that Berman joined the fledgling network way back back back back back in 1979, the new extension means Berman could very well be around until around 2019. That’s a whole lotta Home Run Derbys, kiddos.
Comments from ESPN management:
ESPN President John Skipper said: “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. 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.”
“For more than three decades, Chris has developed a special relationship with our fans, especially fans of the NFL. He is synonymous with our coverage of the league and other major events, and we’re thrilled he will remain an integral part of ESPN in the years ahead,” added ESPN Executive Vice President, Production John Wildhack.
And from Berman himself:
“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. 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.”
Marvelous journey, indeed. I imagine ESPN will hold an event celebrating the momentous occasion and that it will take place at the Bristol Applebee’s. It would only be fitting.
Hey, maybe even Berman buddy Huey Lewis will even show up.
JESUS! IT’S LIKE NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD ABOUT CHRIS BERMAN’S FRIENDSHIP WITH HUEY LEWIS BEFORE!! JESUS!!
WARNING: SALTY LANGUAGE AHEAD:
I actually cannot believe what I just saw. Still gold.