Chris Berman
American sportscaster
Chris Berman
Christopher James "Chris" Berman, also known by the nickname Boomer, is an American sportscaster. He anchors SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown, U.S. Open golf, the Stanley Cup Finals, and other programming on ESPN and ABC Sports.
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Swami Sez: Chris Berman's Super Bowl LI pick
ABC News - 19 days
Chris Berman has taken his Swami Sez NFL picks segment, seen on SportsCenter, to ESPN Chalk this season. He gives his favorite picks against the spread here with some further analysis. Playoff record ATS: 4-6? Regular-season record ATS: 51-32 New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons I can't believe this is my 35th Super Bowl, but I think we're in for one of the better ones I've covered. The headlining offense in this one is Atlanta, which scored 540 points (eighth-most in NFL history) this season -- and 80 more in two playoff games. Matt Ryan has been playing like an MVP, and I expect him to have a good game. The moment won't be too big for him. I know Bill Belichick likes to take away the opposing team's best offensive weapon, but I'm not sure the Patriots will be able to stop Julio Jones. He's a beast and...
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ESPN's Swami Is Going Out on a High Note
Wall Street Journal - about 2 months
Chris Berman has made NFL predictions for ESPN for the past 38 years, but will bow out after the Super Bowl.
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ESPN's Swami Is Going Out on a High Note
Wall Street Journal - about 2 months
Chris Berman has made NFL predictions for ESPN for the past 38 years, but will bow out after the Super Bowl.
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Chris Berman stepping away from NFL coverage
CNN - about 2 months
ESPN's NFL coverage is losing one of its most popular talents and one of its biggest voices.
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ESPN's Chris Berman to receive award for excellence in media
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Veteran ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman is this year's recipient of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Media. Berman has hosted a variety of ESPN studio shows since 1979. He also has covered 34 Super Bowls, 30 Major League Baseball All-Star Games and 29 World Series. Berman also has hosted ESPN's...
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The Seattle Seahawks: Incontestable Dominance and Honorable Mentions
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
"We didn't change anything. We play our own style of football. And we put our guys in situations they are comfortable with." -- Pete Carroll, Coach of the Seattle Seahawks during a Super Bowl postgame press conference. It all started while I was at the gym. Two guys were conversing as one said, "All of their starters are healthy." Somehow, I intuitively knew he was talking about the Denver Broncos. This was just after the Broncos had won the AFC Championship, and of course after the Seattle Seahawks had won the NFC Championship. Since I was nearby at a machine and being a Seahawks fan, that's when I simply included, "And Seattle isn't?" The gentleman answered, "Well, Percy Harvin (Seattle wide-receiver) is out." And then I quietly responded, "We'll see." And I left it at that. Yes he did have a concussion during a playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. And it's good the NFL is more cognizant now about such an injury. But I also heard from the gentleman, that the San Francisco ...
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Viewers rip ESPN announcer Chris Berman
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
The Texans opener against the Chargers did not get ESPN’s top broadcasting team of Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden. Instead, viewers are stuck with Chris Berman and Trent Dilfer calling the game. [View the story "Fans not fond of ESPN announcer" on Storify]
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Good audience for Broncos-Ravens opener; NFL media updates for 2013 season
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
NBC’s broadcast of the Peyton Manning show Thursday night from Denver drew 25.1 million viewers for the NFL season opener. That’s up from 23.9 million for Cowboys-Giants a year ago and the third-best total for the Thursday NFL openers, which date back to 2002. The broadcast, which was delayed by weather for more than a half-hour, drew a 14.9 Nielsen rating and 26 share, which matches the time-shifted rating on KPRC (Channel 2). With that, let’s take a look at assorted network lineups for the NFL season: CBS – In addition to the long-running “The NFL Today,” CBS goes full-bore into Sunday morning rhetoric on CBS Sports Network with “That Other Pregame Show,” which airs from 8 a.m. to noon. Not sure I’m crazy about the title (why slight your own product?), but there is much that escapes me about marketing strategy. Adam Schein will host with retired linebacker Bart Scott, former Raiders executive Amy Trask, Brandon Tierney of CBS Sports Radio, Allie LaForce and fantasy sports rep ...
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Trading Chris Berman for Fox Sports isn't a trade up for golf fans - USA TODAY
Google News - over 3 years
USA TODAY Trading Chris Berman for Fox Sports isn't a trade up for golf fans USA TODAY On the bright side of the Fox-USGA deal, it should end Chris Berman's golf career. — John Nicholson (@ByJohnNicholson) August 8, 2013. Wow. Fox Sports to broadcast US Open (and other USGA events) beginning in 2015. Chris Berman, get that resume in ... FOX Sports lands 2015 US OpenFOXSports.com FOX Sports Inks 12-Year Television Deal With US Open Beginning in 2015NESN.com Kaufmann: This is Fox's moment to reinvent TV golfGolfweek.com ESPN -TheCelebrityCafe.com -New York Times (blog) all 44 news articles »
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Arian Foster gets another acting gig
Houston Chronicle - almost 4 years
Arian Foster is adding more credentials to his big screen career. (Smiley N. Pool/Houston Chronicle) After an appearance on “Hawaii 5-0,” Texans running back Arian Foster plans on continuing his acting career. According to a report from KTRK (ABC 13), Foster will play the role of Ray Jennings, an NFL prospect, in “Draft Day.” Kevin Costner, Sean Combs and Dennis Leary are slated to act in the movie. It will also feature sports personalities Chris Berman, Rich Eisen, Jon Gruden, Mel Kiper, Mike Maycock and Deion Sanders among others.
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A Day In The Life Of ESPN 'SportsCenter' Anchor Lindsay Czarniak
Business Insider - almost 4 years
“Ye verily, a sampler of wonders.” Those were the first words spoken on ESPN when the tiny Connecticut station launched on September 7, 1979. Host Lee Leonard followed with a brief introduction to the world’s first 24-hour sports network, teasing a college football preview show and the airing of two professional slow-pitch softball games. He then touted an “ESPN innovation” — “It’s going to be a big part of our future,” he declared. The camera panned to anchor George Grande, sitting at a simple desk with a plain purple backdrop. Grande described a new show called The ESPN SportsCenter. “We’ll be filling you in on the pulse of sporting activity, not only around the country, but around the world as well,” he said. “If it takes an interview, we’ll do it. If it takes play by play, we’ll do it. If it takes commentary, we’ll do that too.” Of course, Leonard’s prediction about SportsCenter being a big part of ESPN’s future was spot on. Over its first 30-plus years, the show set the s ...
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PHOTOS: Texans Take Top Spot For Week 11 Rankings
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
NEW YORK -- Houston and Atlanta traded places in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings. The Texans moved to the top on Tuesday following their 13-6 win over the Chicago Bears, while the Falcons dropped to second after their first loss of the season, 31-27 to the New Orleans Saints. Houston (8-1) was a unanimous choice, receiving all 12 first-place votes and 384 points from The Associated Press' panel of media members who regularly cover the league. Atlanta, the NFL's other one-loss team, received 362 points, while the Bears remained third with 341 points. San Francisco was fourth with 339 points, and Denver moved up three places to fifth with 334 points. "Tough victory at Soldier Field earns Texans the No. 1 spot," said Sporting News' Clifton Brown. Newsday's Bob Glauber singled out the Texans' defense, which forced four turnovers and sent Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to the sideline with a concussion. "Some well-earned fist pumping from Texans defensive coo ...
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AA's Decision 2012 - "Back, Back, Back" Primary
Awful Announcing - over 4 years
Yesterday we announced Decision 2012, the biggest election in the history of the blogosphere!  Your chance to decide whether or not AA legend Craig James retains his place on our esteemed Mount Rushmore.  It won't be easy though.  Senator James will have to hold off three challengers, each one battling through a tough primary season to reach the final stage.   The first of those primaries features a selection of AA's favorite play by play announcers from across the sports world.  These announcers are welcomed into your homes as the disinterested, confused, bombastic voices that bring you the sports you love.  For each primary, you'll see a list of candidates, their credentials, platform for America, and a campaign video from their past that may influence your vote. The Back, Back, Back Party "Backward... because 'Forward' is already taken." Candidate: Joe Buck Credentials: NFL/MLB on Fox lead announcer, former late night host Platf ...
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Introducing Decision 2012 - The AA Mount Rushmore Election
Awful Announcing - over 4 years
Last summer we held a 32 person tournament for AA readers to vote on which current announcer or pundit would replace the venerable Joe Morgan on AA's Mount Rushmore.  The Joe Morgan Memorial Tournament was won by ESPN college football analyst Craig James in a landslide as details emerged regarding his shady behavior at ESPN.  As his later run for political office proved, nobody in the sports world deserves immortalization on AA's Mount Rushmore quite like Craig James. Since James left ESPN for a run at political office, I've been asked numerous times when or if we were going to have another tournament to replace the would be senator from Texas on our Mount Rushmore. The answer to that question is once again up to you. We're giving Senator James one more shot at election glory and the chance to defend his spot on AA's Mount Rushmore as the incumbent in our own Decision 2012 election.  With James' political history and the presidential campaign kicking off i ...
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Chris Berman, ESPN Agree On Multi-Year Contract Extension
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
By Matt Yoder, Awful Announcing Chris Berman will be rumbling, bumbling, and stumbling his way through your television sets for at least the next few years. The NFL host (and moonlighting play by play man) has signed a new contract with ESPN on the 33rd anniversary of the network's launch. I can already hear the dancing in the streets. As is custom with the annoucement of previous re-signings, ESPN has not released any details of the new contract, only labeling it a "multi-year extention." However, ESPN does say the new contract will keep him on Bristol airwaves until near his 40th year with the network. Given that Berman joined ESPN just after its launch in 1979, that means we'll see his Vaudeville circus until well into the 2010s. Here's what ESPN President John Skipper had to say: Read More... More on ESPN
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It's Still Preseason For ESPN's Promo Department, Too [The Daily Screencap]
Deadsping - over 4 years
Monday Night Football starts in a week, and the Worldwide Leader started promoting its first week doubleheader this weekend during college football programming. (You know, the doubleheader that will star Chris Berman in the announcing booth.) That's not the only blunder ESPN's made with the opening weekend MNF, as we have some Fun With Graphics in a far more inexcusable pre-programmed manner. It's Cincinnati, not Cincinatti, & to think this promo passed by so many ESPN eyes without anyone catching it is a real shocker. More »
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Berman expected to call just one NFL game
USA Today - over 4 years
ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys Sunday wouldn't formally confirm what's already causing an online stir: That Chris Berman will call one NFL game.
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Chris Berman to announce Monday Night Football game this fall?
Awful Announcing - over 4 years
ESPN has heard the complaints for years now that Chris Berman, the walking caricature, has worn out his welcome.  Whether it be covering the NFL Draft, hosting the U.S. Open, or his forays into baseball, Berman's presence brings groans from the masses.  But have no fear America, ESPN is listening to you. According to a tweet from Sports by Brooks, Chris Berman isn't getting out of the play-by-play game, but expanding his portfolio to include the opening week doubleheader for Monday Night Football.   SbB has learned Chris Berman will do the play-by-play for ESPN's Sept. 10 Monday Night Chargers-Raiders game — SPORTSbyBROOKS (@SPORTSbyBROOKS) June 22, 2012 Chris Berman... doing play-by-play... for an actual NFL game... D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH D'OH  ...
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5 THINGS: Rain, Rain Go Away (Please???)
Narragansett Patch - almost 5 years
Here are the (more than) Five Things for Thursday, May 10, 2012: It might never actually stop raining. Shirley Manson is probably happy with this development, but for the rest of us, meh. It’s supposed to continue raining on and off today, with maybe a bit of snow in the afternoon, before raining some more tomorrow. Luckily, the weekend forecast is clear (although I probably just jinxed things by saying that, sorry). There probably actually is some nonsense at Nunsense, just as a warning. The production is being staged at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston at 7 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $15. For more information, click here. Veterans – Join American Legion! Post #39 is hosting its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Guild. The meeting is open to any U.S. veteran that would like to join the legion and help out the community. No vampires allowed. The Rhode Island Blood Center is hosting a blood drive at South County Hospital on Kenyon Avenue in Wakefield at 2:30 ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Berman
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 56
    In 2012, he called play-by-play for the Monday Night Football game between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders with color commentator Trent Dilfer and sideline reporter Rachel Nichols.
    More Details Hide Details Berman was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, the son of Peggy Shevell (née Tenenbaum), who worked as a reporter-researcher for Time magazine, and James Keliner Berman, a corporate executive vice president. Berman grew up in Irvington, New York. He was raised Jewish. During his childhood, he went to Camp Winnebago in Fayette, Maine.
  • 2010
    Age 54
    In April 2010, however, ESPN extended Berman's contract for an undisclosed period of time, only noting that it was a multi-year deal.
    More Details Hide Details The contract was eventually revealed to expire at the end of 2016. Berman was a season ticket holder for the Hartford Whalers, and was a strong supporter of the team's staying in Connecticut. He occasionally makes reference to the team, sometimes even by humming the team's theme song, Brass Bonanza. Berman has also become a strong backer of the Buffalo Bills in recent years. In an interview with Buffalo Bills reporter and play-by-play voice John Murphy on July 26, 2012, Berman acknowledged that you could call him a "Bills Booster". This sentiment is also echoed in Berman's on-air phrase, "No one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills!" Berman is well known for his various catchphrases and player nicknames. His mid-play prediction of a touchdown run as "He could go all the way!" is borrowed from Howard Cosell, and home run call of "Back-back-back-back" drawn from Red Barber. A trademark "Whoop!" is uttered during highlights when a player makes a quick move or causes someone to miss or make a mistake. Berman is perhaps best known for integrating puns into player nicknames, dubbing former Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Bert Blyleven Bert "Be Home" Blyleven.
  • 2008
    Age 52
    In December 2008, the Associated Press ran a long retrospective on Berman's 30-year career with ESPN. "He is our most important person," said Norby Williamson, ESPN's vice president of production. "He is the face of ESPN," he added.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, Berman noted that his contract with ESPN would expire on his 55th birthday, and that he did not see himself broadcasting into his 60s.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 32
    In 1988 and 1989, he hosted ESPN's first game show, Boardwalk and Baseball's Super Bowl of Sports Trivia.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 23
    Berman's sportscasting career began at Hartford's WVIT-TV as a weekend sports anchor. He joined ESPN in 1979, a month after its founding, and has been with the network ever since.
    More Details Hide Details Along with Bob Ley, he is one of ESPN's longest-tenured employees. He is currently the host of Monday Night Countdown.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1970
    Age 14
    He enrolled at the Hackley School in 1970, and graduated Brown University in 1977 with a degree in history, where he was the sports director of the school's radio station, WBRU. Berman married Katherine "Kathy" Alexinski in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details The couple has two children. Berman's father died on September 22, 2013, his mother on December 28, 2014.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on May 10, 1955.
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