Sorry to ruin your hopes, but Berman is going nowhere.
Buck, Berman, Sticking Around
Two of the biggest, most divisive names in sports broadcasting are staying with their respective networks.
FOX broadcaster Joe Buck told USA Today that he has signed a four-year extension to remain as the network's lead NFL and MLB play-by-play voice through 2014. Buck's previous deal with FOX expired in February.
In addition to his continued NFL and MLB duties, Buck says that he has talked to FOX Sports CEO David Hill about creating a talk show "similar to" the now-canceled Joe Buck Live, which would air on FOX or a sister cable network.
Elsewhere, ESPN anchor Chris Berman reached an agreement on a contract extension with the network "within the last week," according to The Big Lead. Berman, whose contract was set to expire in May, had been rumored to be considering roles with NFL Network or DirecTV.
The deal will reportedly be completed within the next ten days.
It's Official: Major ESPN Sportcaster Signs Extension TVWeek, USA Today
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 lauch 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.
Berman's extension was first reported by USA Today.