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Chris Berman to stay at ESPN

April 19, 2010 | 12:39 pm

Berman_300 ESPN announced Monday that six-time national sportscaster of the year, Chris Berman, has signed a contract extension and will stay at the largest all-sports cable network.

It had been reported earlier this year that Berman was being courted by both DirecTV and the NFL Network.

Berman will continue to host ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" (as he has for 25 years), "Monday Night Countdown" and the "Monday Night Football" halftime show as well as continue to anchor ESPN's U.S. Open golf coverage. Berman joined ESPN in October 1979, less than a month after the network's launch.

Berman said, "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."

Next up for Berman on ESPN is to serve as host for coverage of the NFL draft which, for the first time, begins during weekday prime time, Thursday, at 4:30 p.m. PDT. Berman has hosted ESPN's draft coverage since 1987.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Chris Berman stands on the sideline at the 2010 Pro Bowl. Credit: Matthew Emmons / US Presswire.

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