Chris Berman Stepping Away From Major Roles at ESPN; No More Home Run Derby/NFL Draft
It was reported back in May that longtime ESPN sportscaster, Chris Berman, who has been with the company since 1979, was set to call it a career following the 2016 NFL season.
He and his agent denied those notions and while he might not be retiring, he will be stepping aside from some of his major roles at ESPN.
“Among the familiar roles that he will no longer serve as host for MLB’s Home Run Derby, the NFL Draft, or other NFL studio shows.
Berman, who joined ESPN one month after it launched in 1979, will make occasional appearances on-air and will also serve as a spokesman for the network at some of its events. He will continue to host ESPN’s “NFL PrimeTime” highlights show from the field after the Super Bowl this year, as well as after the conference championship games, before stepping aside from his usual duties.
Berman will also offer opinions and perspective on NFL events, and will continue appearing weekly on “Monday Night Countdown.” He will handle play-by-play duties for ESPN Radio during the baseball divisional playoffs, and participate in the annual ESPY Awards.
“If you boil down our lives a little bit, and we all hope that we are pretty healthy to 80, and after that we take what we get,” the 61-year-old Berman said Thursday. “From zero to 20 is when you are in school. You work the second and third quarters, and do other stuff for the fourth quarter. I think that is a good life plan.
“It is all good, I get to stay here and be involved with football and baseball and the ESPYs and some things still to be defined. This has kind of been in the works in my head and in this place’s head, and we finally figured it out.”