ESPN may expand Chris Berman’s role this season

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After ESPN saw ratings decline both for Monday Night Football and for its other NFL programming in 2017, the on-air personality who has been most associated with ESPN’s NFL coverage may make a comeback.

Chris Berman is in talks about an expanded role for this season, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports. Last year Berman did short pieces on Monday nights but was largely off the air throughout the football season.

Although Berman would not return to his role of hosting Sunday NFL Countdown, he could appear on the show, as well as hosting SportsCenter on some Sunday nights. Berman is in semi-retirement and doesn’t plan to work every week of the NFL season.

ESPN has undergone a number of on-air changes since John Skipper resigned as president, claiming he had been extorted by a cocaine dealer. With Skipper gone, ESPN has brought back some old faces, and Berman may be next.

111 responses to “ESPN may expand Chris Berman’s role this season

  1. ESPN thinks their ratings declined because of less Chris Berman? A reduced presence of that gasbag being allowed to bloviate on air was the only significant improvement I’ve seen out of ESPN programming in years!

  2. As if fans tune in based on the broadcasting team…. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Fans may bitch about poor broadcasters but they still watch.
    The NFL does not have to look to hard to realize why numbers are down and it is NOT because Chris Berman was missing from the booth…. SMH…. GET OUT OF POLITICS and fans will come back.

  3. I feel like everyone is going to post about how much they cant stand Berman, so I figured I would chime in early and say I have always enjoyed the guy’s work. I like his broadcasting voice and his “schtick” doesnt bother me like other people. I for one, would not object to hearing more from him again.

  4. This is not good news.

    But, I don’t watch ESPN anymore, so I do not care.

    It went downhill right after they broke up Keith and Dan.

    Steady slide south since.

  5. ESPN has been less sports and more political agenda in recent years. The decline in viewership is a reaction to the change. Sports viewing is recreation and escape. If viewers want politics, there are outlets for that and they will watch them there.

  6. I stopped watching ESPN because of Berman. His shtick is old and tired, just like him. No reason to put him/them back in the line up. Terrible decision.

  7. He’s “back, back, back, back!” Oh, sorry – wrong sport! But, ESPN “could. go. all. the. way” in with Berman, if he was willing. Loved him and Tom Jackson, feeding off each other.

  8. should bring back Tom Jackson, team him with Berman and do some type of flashback show with primetime. That’s all anyone wants to see with Berman

  9. ESPN is finished. In recent years it has shown a propensity to publish inaccurate BS stories. Its shows are ridiculously moronic geared to people in the valley of the stupid. Any network with a race baiter like Bomani Jones, A dope like Chris Mortensen, a buffoon like Max K. and of course Jamele Hill is doomed to fail. The baseball announcersare a train wreck. It has no credibility. I only put on the network when I cannot get a game I want to watch.

  10. Like Everything ESPN has done the last 12 months has been horrible. They stopped Mike and Mike, which was their best show. Chris Berman sucks.

  11. Berman needs some exercise.. He gets winded too easily and its annoying..

    I do miss the good ole days of Berman and Jackson though!!!!!

    Now they have 4 or 5 guys on Primetime, way too many.

  12. why not, the guy obviously has a love of the game, has more history at hand than any other hack this side of Madden.

    it can’t hurt, some of what is on now wouldn’t even seen the front door growing up.
    overall broadcasting’s minimum level has sunk to an all time low.. just yelling past each other on sports talk shows etc..

    plain stupid and uninteresting. Just like the kids of today, losers. No wonder why crap like that is still on. Losers watch it.. I turn it off.

    having someone explain the chess match of football, like jaws does, we need more of that for the youth of today to know what this game is. Not shouting match opinion pieces..

  13. Liked Berman, he was far more entertaining than any on-air talent they have now. It’s funny how the fanboys hate every single sports commentator except Madden, who they made rich by buying his video games which makes them experts in all aspects of the NFL. SMH.

  14. Eventually another gasbag “has been” named Gruden will be back talking about ‘turkey holes’ and how much “he loves this guy”.

  15. you guys can all bash ESPN all you want, but Berman and Jackson were THE only reason I would watch highlights from the games. The guys on there now just don’t have that same swagger.

  16. Shut up all you Millennial wieners. You dont watch TV or sports anyway. Bring back Bermann, Tom Jackson & The Coach and maybe those of us (Gen x er’s and Boomers) who actually watched your shows will return!!

  17. I prefer to watch the Fox pregame with Howie and the MENSA member Bradshaw trading barbs. I also watch to see if Jimmy’s hair might actually move in an outdoor environment.

    The last time I watched any Countdown was when Ditka was on. He is a gasbag as well, but he was at least humorous.
    JMHO.

  18. Pretty much everybody under the sun wants to see a return of a weekly wrap up highlight show like Primetime. All there is now is 2 or 3 highlight per game before and just talk talk talk talk before SNF starts.

    I couldn’t care less if it’s Berman doing it or not, but how about a show where they show a good 3 or 4 minutes worth of highlights for every game like the old Primetime use to do.

  19. ESPN Sports Center was a must see for me for many years. Guys like Chris Berman and most of the original cast made it that way. The next generation of ESPN were also good. Starting somewhere the mids 2000, Sports Center lost me. Too many of the announcers have become too opinionated and delve into issues that are not sports! When I turn on ESPN, I want sports period. If I want to hear about social issues I turn on other cable channels, which I do. There is a time and place for everything. ESPN to me is sports. Sadly, I now only watch ESPN when there is live sports on!

  20. Boomer was great back in the day, but his 70’s pop culture references were dated in the 90’s. I wonder how they’ll play in 2018

  21. I guess his #metoo issues have been resolved.

    ESPN and it’s football coverage in his absence is a hot mess.

  22. I like Berman. Don’t care if that ruffles the anti everything social media crowd. He was a fun guy to watch and I look forward to seeing him more often if they go that way.

  23. You guys ever see Berman when the teleprompter isn’t working? Hilarious! He just looks at the camera and nods affirmation at what those around him, who have the ability to think on their own, have to say. Deer in head lights without someone else telling him what to say.

    He definitely is not a viewing DRAW to me.

  24. I actually like Berman as an announcer. I like his energy in the booth (especially for baseball), he never seems like he’s doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and he tends to call a balanced game where you don’t know who he is personally rooting for (unlike say, Joe Buck who sounds like he is a teams home radio announcer)

    I don’t like him doing highlights, or hosting/commentating shows. He tends to blather on, and the yelling just gets annoying. As much as his energy can help in the booth keeping things going during slow points in the game, it hurts just as much when he’s doing highlights. It’s already exciting, that’s why they call it highlights, he doesn’t need to scream through the entire thing

  25. As much as I don’t like ESPN, for a number of reasons, I always liked Chris Berman doing NFL Primetime with Tom Jackson and the rest. The guy knows his football, and I can live with the jokes. It would be better than anything they have right now, as far as NFL football goes. Just keep him from calling any games!

  26. Sometimes when I open up pro football talk it reverts to an older version of the page with articles that are a couple of days old. Not sure why it happens but it does. I was kind of hoping that’s what it happened here – that it had somehow opened a version of the page from 1987.

  27. When they took the love of sports out of sports broadcasting, that killed the network. There are 30 MLB teams with 25 guys on each roster, 32 NFL teams with 53 players each, 30 NBA with 12 players each, focus on all of the players, even the guys on the bench. Instead they are lazy and want to focused their attention on maybe 5 guys per sport. That’s weak.

  28. ESPN needs Berman so bad its not even funny. NFL primetime with Boomer and TJ was the greatest football recap show we will ever experience. Sam Ponder is a disgrace. I wish Boomer would go to another network so I could continue to never watch ESPN anymore, but that won’t happen. If you don’t like watching Chris Berman analyze NFL football you have a giant piece of poop in your pants.

  29. ESPN needs to do something…
    Not sure if this is it.

    They have driven me away with Jemele Hill and the rest of their SJW crew/agenda.

    I think I only watched half of the MNF games last year…

  30. Berman is definitely suited better for the studio not the announcer booth. His shtick might be considered old and dull by today’s pathetic standards, But his prime time highlight show with Tom Jackson and the announcer team of Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, and Paul Maguire was absolutely top-notch.

  31. I was an avid ESPN guy…..years ago. Way too many politics, horrid management, back-tracking and poor on air talent that was more concerned on making political statements or self promotion than sports. ESPN free and loving it. Go away already…….

  32. Ratings are down at ESPN because they insist on talking politics and promoting their personal political agendas especially Jemele Hill, Maxx Kellerman, Bonami Jones, Randy Moss, Rachel Nichols. We watch sports TO GET AWAY FROM POLITICS!!!! ESPN needs to get rid of the people promoting their agendas. Put Golic And Wingo on ESPN2 instead hiding them on ESPN NEWS…..bring back Mark Schlereth (we miss stinky)…….This would be a better plan to get their ratings up!

  33. I think the problem with the pre and postgame shows is the content and format. They need more X’s & O’s with film,chalkboard and demonstrations including technique with its terminology. Until the networks figure this out there’ll be Chis Berman’s and cardboard cutout ex-coaches and players.

  34. I stopped paying for ESPN and have never looked back. They get a bunch of D-list games for MNF, and nothing else on their channel is worth watching. Berman was great, but he peaked about 25 years ago when ESPN was the only game in town for NFL highlights.

  35. Berman doing primetime was the best, his references etc was the heart of why ESPN was so popular in the ’90s. The anchors made the show good, nowaday’s you have crappy anchors who just get famous off the ESPN name and contribute nothing to it..

  36. Thirty years ago, ESPN was where the ABC/CBS/NBC sports talent wanted to go.
    Now, ABC/CBS/Fox/NBC is where the ESPN talent aspires to go.

    The reason is simple – the ESPN business model has run its course, and the “old-school” networks have embraced internet television. That’s where the revenue is, and that’s where the talent wants to be seen.

    Berman was the face of ESPN in its heyday… but that day has passed.

  37. Have you seen the “new faces” on ESPN? How anyone could choose that vacuous gang of creeps over Berman is beyond me.

  38. Like Everything ESPN has done the last 12 months has been horrible. They stopped Mike and Mike, which was their best show. Chris Berman sucks.

    They stopped m&m because they seriously couldn’t stand each other.

  39. Love Berman. He’s a throwback to an era where the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network was still both entertaining and actually all about sports and not trying to be a low rent knockoff of MSNBC.

  40. Good stuff in the 80’s and 90’s. They need a new Chris Berman for 2018, and there is none, because all the football shows are unwatchable trash now.

  41. Perfect now bring back Tom Jackson, and stop with all the politics and they might get me back as viewer. Completely shut off ESPN unless it is a live sporting event the past couple years.

  42. Just no. I was overjoyed when I heard the news last year that they were phasing him out. I’m an old geezer that started watching ESPN from their beginning and while at one point his “schtick” was amusing, I couldn’t stand to hear his voice at the end. If they think this will increase viewership than ESPN is even more out of touch than I thought.

  43. Thank God I quit watching the NFL since the Commissioner and owners allowed the disgruntled to protest. They (players) don’t even know why they are protesting anymore; defiance towards a white President Trump, Kaepernick/Eric not being signed, pouting because you lost your starting job as a quarterback?

  44. Haven’t watched any ESPN in over ten years. And that might be off by three or so years. When we got cable in the early 80s I watched a lot. It was cool. Didn’t see it from 85-90 as I was out of the country.

    There was a 10-15 ish year stretch when it was really good. Then all these other ancillary bad 30 minute shows popped up. Didn’t like them.

    Don’t really miss it.

  45. NOOOoooooooooo, leave Fred Flintstone off air. That fat, old guy can’t speak a sentence without losing his wind. Huffing and puffing, blathering on no thanks. People didn’t miss him BSPN.

  46. alongthegulf says:
    August 16, 2018 at 12:30 pm
    ESPN Sports Center was a must see for me for many years. Guys like Chris Berman and most of the original cast made it that way. The next generation of ESPN were also good. Starting somewhere the mids 2000, Sports Center lost me. Too many of the announcers have become too opinionated and delve into issues that are not sports! When I turn on ESPN, I want sports period. If I want to hear about social issues I turn on other cable channels, which I do. There is a time and place for everything. ESPN to me is sports. Sadly, I now only watch ESPN when there is live sports on!
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    I wish I said this…well done!

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