Sportscaster Chris "Boomer" Berman has worked at ESPN since its inception in 1979. The Network announced Friday that Berman has agreed to a multi-year contract extension.
“On the day we commemorate our company’s birthday, it’s fitting we extend our relationship with Chris, arguably the most recognizable face and voice in ESPN’s history,” ESPN President John Skipper said in a statement.
“Since arriving in Bristol in 1979, Chris’ passion and enthusiasm, and, of course his signature highlights, have long been his trademarks, earning him a special place among fans for more than three decades.”
Berman has been a prominent part of the network's NFL coverage for decades now. In 2010 he was elected to the broadcasters wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio for his contributions to the sport.
Monday Night he'll do NFL play-by-play for the first time for the network's late night double-header Oakland vs. San Diego.
A report featured in the Sports Business Journal estimated Berman's annual salary at $3 million per year.
Berman is also known for the nicknames given to athletes based on their name. For example, "Mike You're in Good Hands with Allstott" after former NFL running back Mike Allsott or "Lance You Sunk My Blankenship" after former Major League Baseball player Lance Blankenship.
Berman's own nickname "Boomer", was likely coined by Chuck Pagano, Chief Technology Office for the network based on Berman's "booming" voice, ESPN's Bill Hofheimer told Digital Journal. The two worked together in the early years of Sports Center.