ESPN’s longtime broadcaster, versatile host and highlights maven Chris Berman will be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame today, May 5, at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Berman joined ESPN in 1979 and has since become the face of the network. The quarterback for ESPN’s NFL coverage, he returns to the Windy City to accept this honor just days after covering his 35th consecutive NFL Draft.
“Chris has contributed so much to ESPN’s success in reaching sports fans for more than three decades,” said former ESPN president George Bodenheimer, who was inducted into Cable Hall of Fame in 2008. “It is only fitting that one of the most important figures in ESPN’s history is being inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.”
Co-Chairman Disney Media Networks and current ESPN President John Skipper added, “Fans love Boomer. He’s a special talent who brings sports to life for dads and daughters, mothers and sons, grandparents who remember when, and little leaguers who have big dreams for their futures. Chris has played a significant role in making our ESPN family what it is today, and along the way he helped build an entire industry.”
Host of the Emmy-nominated Sunday NFL Countdown, Berman also anchors Monday Night Countdown and serves as Master of Ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and play-by-play announcer for the second game of the Monday Night Football opening week doubleheader. Before the football season returns this fall, he’ll host Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby for ESPN.