Chris Berman ESPN ContractOne of ESPN’s original anchors Chris Berman, who joined the cable sports network a couple of weeks after its 1979 launch, has signed a new multi-year contract extension. The new deal will begin in 2013 and at its conclusion, he will have worked for ESPN for nearly 40 years.

A six-time National Sportscaster of the Year, Berman will continue as the leading voice and face of ESPN’s NFL studio coverage as host of Sunday NFL Countdown for a 28th year, Monday Night Countdown and Monday Night Football halftime, NFL highlight segments on SportsCenter and the NFL Draft. He will also continue to host baseball’s Home Run Derby and ESPN’s U.S. Open golf coverage. Additionally, Berman will handle play-by-play for the first time in his career on Monday, when he calls the San Diego Chargers-Oakland Raiders game alongside Trent Dilfer as part of ESPN’s season-opening MNF doubleheader.