ESPN has suffered through the worst of its layoffs now and it’s been looking for some wins. It looks like the Worldwide Leader in Sports has found yet another win with its latest contract extension. They have given popular college basketball sportscaster Dickie V a few more years with the company.
From the network:
Longtime ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale ? one of the most influential and vibrant personalities in the history of sports television ? has signed a contract extension with ESPN through the 2019-20 season.
Vitale will be the main analyst on many of the network?s top games, including regular-season action primarily on ESPN and ESPN2 and the network?s Champ Week coverage. The Basketball Hall of Famer contributes to numerous ESPN platforms throughout the year, including ESPN.com, ESPN Radio and more.
The agreement adds an additional year to his previous extension, announced last June, and extends Vitale into his 41st season with the network. He began with ESPN in its first year (1979-80).
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Vitale has been with the company basically since its start in 1979. He has called some of the biggest names in college basketball throughout his time on the sideline. He has regularly called the UNC-Duke game for decades and was part of the first game that ESPN called in December of 1979 between DePaul and Wisconsin.
[h/t The Spun]