We’ve known since May that Chris Berman would be assuming a lesser role at ESPN after his current contract expires, and on Thursday the specifics about his future at the network were revealed by the network: After 31 years, Berman no longer will be hosting ESPN’s main NFL shows: “Sunday NFL Countdown,” “NFL PrimeTime” and “Monday Night Countdown.”
As part of a new multiyear deal, Berman will appear on “Monday Night Countdown” in a new capacity, conducting taped interviews and doing segments on historical subjects, and will host “NFL PrimeTime” only after the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. He also will do postseason baseball play-by-play on ESPN Radio and have a role in the ESPYs.
“The whole experience here has been a dream come true,” Berman, 61, said in a network-issued statement. “When we started in 1979, I was just 24. Nobody knew if ESPN would make it, or, for that matter, if cable TV would make it. I certainly wasn’t sure I would make it, but I really didn’t care. We were too busy having a blast, talking sports with viewers who were just like us, even if it was during the wee hours of the morning. We got to band together here in Bristol, Connecticut, and put out a product of which we were all very proud.