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He's not going anywhere, baby! Dick Vitale signs extension with ESPN

One of the network's longest-standing personalities, Vitale joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season, after a college and pro head coaching career. He called ESPN’s first-ever high-major NCAA basketball game.


Kahron Spearman


Hall of Fame basketball analyst Dick Vitale will reach his 40th season this fall, after signing to a contract extension with ESPN through the 2020-21 season, the network announced. 

 

One of the ESPN's first recognizable voices, Vitale will continue his work as the lead game analyst on key matchups in the regular season and Championship Week. He'll also contribute to other ESPN platforms, such as SportsCenter and ESPN.com.

ESPN has been family to me and I am honored that they want me to continue being a contributor on our college basketball team. ESPN has provided me a forum that has turned my dreams to reality. I feel young at heart. I said once, and I will say it again my goal is to be the first in broadcasting to open a hoops game at 100 years old saying “This is Awesome, Baby! with a capital A.

One of the network's longest-standing personalities, Vitale joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season, after a college and pro head coaching career. He called ESPNs first-ever high-major NCAA basketball game Wisconsin at DePaul on Dec. 5, 1979 (a 90-77 DePaul win). 

 

His numerous "Vitale-isms" is cemented in the sports lexicon, including "Awesome, Baby!," "Get a TO, Baby!" and "PTPer."

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