It sounds like football fans will see a lot less of Chris Berman in the near future.
The 2016 NFL season will be Berman’s final season as a prominent ESPN studio host, according to multiple reports, as he’s stepping aside as the host of “Sunday NFL Countdown,” “Monday Night Countdown” and the network’s draft coverage.
It’s still unknown whether Berman will have a role with the company after the 2016 season ends, at which time his current contract expires. It’s possible, Sports Illustrated reported, that Berman will stay on to help with ESPN’s postseason and Super Bowl coverage.
Berman’s agent, Lou Oppenheim, addressed the reports with the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir.
As for who will replace Berman, that’s also unknown. An ESPN source told SI that no decisions have been made and discussions about Berman’s replacement haven’t started. Both SI and The Big Lead speculate Trey Wingo is a possibility, and The Big Lead adds there’s a “strong internal push” for Suzy Kolber to land the gig.
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