ESPN signed on back in 1979. And while the network has clearly changed since then, one on-air constant has been the presence of one Christopher James Berman.
And a career that has spanned five decades is on the brink of having an even wider timespan, if you can believe it.
On Friday, September 7 – which happened to be the 33rd anniversary of ESPN’s first broadcast – 57-year-old Chris Berman – 33-year employee of 33-year-old ESPN – has agreed to a multi-year deal to remain at the Worldwide Leader.
And just in time for his calling his very first regular-season NFL game on the network on Monday night.
Incidentally, Berman may have very well been an employee of NFL Network, if you can believe that: Two years ago, the network, whose president is Berman pal Steve Bornstein, former ESPN exec, was wooing Boomer big-time to leave the network he helped launch three decades ago and join the football-centric channel.
Sources are reporting that the quantity of years that make up Berman’s new “multi-year” contract adds up to six more years – meaning that he would have spent an unprecedented 39 years with ESPN, should he choose to retire in 2018.
Or if he’s up to it, he can spend another quarter-century at the Worldwide Leader and gun for Bob Wolff’s record.
We should be so lucky.