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Old 02-09-2010, 08:30 AM   #1
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I know Berman doesn't have a TON of fans on this board, but what would you think if he left ESPN for the NFL Network? Personally, I'd like it as I am not a huge fan of ESPN and like what Berman has done with his football commentary over the years.



Chris Berman, one of ESPN’s longest tenured on-air talents, is being heavily pursued by the NFL Network, a source tells The Big Lead. According to the source, the NFL Network is putting the full court press on Berman – whose contract expires May 10, on his 55th birthday – and it isn’t a sure thing that he’ll return to Bristol. ESPN PR had no comment.

If Berman were to move to the NFL Network, it would reunite him with longtime ESPN associate Steve Bornstein, who rose in the ranks alongside Berman in the 80s. A separate source says that Berman and Bornstein – currently President of the NFL Network – are very close, having known each other for almost 30 year.

The question for Berman is simple: Will the lure of more money for less work trump Berman’s love for baseball and the significantly broader audience at ESPN? In addition to Berman’s NFL duties at ESPN, he’s been calling the Home Run Derby for over 20 years and occasionally calls baseball games for the network as well as hosts Baseball Tonight from time-to-time. Two years ago, ESPN VP of production Norby Williamson said of Berman, “He is our most important person, he is the face of ESPN.”

ESPN has lost two other significant on-air talents in recent years – Dan Patrick left for Sports Illustrated (and a radio show, and NBC) in 2007, and Peter Gammons left for the MLB Network late last year.

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I like Berman
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:34 AM   #3
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Apparently Direct TV is making a run at him too.

http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/source...irect-tv-27805

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Old 02-09-2010, 08:35 AM   #4
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He's Rumblin Bumblin Stumblin to the bank
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Karma for Schefter.
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Someones gotta replace sapp, and what's gonna happen to irvin?
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NFLN is retarded. This would only complete the circle. I am hoping that if Berman goes he can take the one-eyed booyeah! freak with him, as well as the following flavaclowns:

Tony Kornholer (Farve Slurper Extraordinaire)
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:39 AM   #9
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:42 AM   #10
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I like Berman. TJ should be part of the package, though.
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Agreed. If those 2 could take over for the NFL Gameday Final show and get rid of Deion, and Eisen (Mooch can stay), that would be great.
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Berman is an idiot, not to mention not the least bit funny. NFLN will go down the tube the more they start importing the talking heads from ESPN.
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That excludes TJ and Steve Young. I would love for them to both come to NFLN.
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:56 AM   #15
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Berman doesn't make up for losing Schefter. That Redskins reporter they have doing the around league stuff is boring as dry wall.
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NFLN is retarded. This would only complete the circle. I am hoping that if Berman goes he can take the one-eyed booyeah! freak with him, as well as the following flavaclowns:

Tony Kornholer (Farve Slurper Extraordinaire)
Lee Corso (The Dick Vitale of College Football)
Sean Salisbury (douche, idiot, pervert, idiot)
Mike and Mike (ambiguously gay? More like obviously gay), and
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What's funnier, is this guy actually goes to ESPN for unbiased and disinterested Journalism.

That's like a Jew going to Germany and being like "WTF Hitler sucks!"
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Berman hasn't been funny for 20 years
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So, do you think the NFLN people went up to Berman at the Super Bowl and said... "You're with me, leather"?
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So the NFLN wants me to watch their programming less? I've started putting ESPN back in rotation when Schefter was hired. Maybe they will completely switch TV personalities - especially Mayock for Hairdouche - and then I can watch ESPN all the time and cut NFLN out? No, we're going to end up with equally crappy programming on both networks.

Thanks whoever runs NFLN, you'd give up respectable, good football coverage aimed at REAL football fans in order to get the masses, the stupid back, back, baaaaaaaaaaaaack, gone masses. Rumblin, stumblin, bumblin. Whoooooop! Masses. Berman's about 2 IQ points above retard.
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NFLN is retarded. This would only complete the circle. I am hoping that if Berman goes he can take the one-eyed booyeah! freak with him, as well as the following flavaclowns:

Tony Kornholer (Farve Slurper Extraordinaire)
Lee Corso (The Dick Vitale of College Football)
Sean Salisbury (douche, idiot, pervert, idiot)
Mike and Mike (ambiguously gay? More like obviously gay), and
Stephan A Smith (a waste of a human being).
How can you not like Mel Brooks (aka Lee Corso)?
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Am I the only person here who doesn't watch the NFLN anyways? There's just not enough "new" programming for it to be worthwhile.

I'd rather watch the NHLN over NFLN anyday.
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Am I the only person here who doesn't watch the NFLN anyways? There's just not enough "new" programming for it to be worthwhile.

I'd rather watch the NHLN over NFLN anyday.
I don't watch TA every night, but the last few years I've watched their Sunday pregame, some of the combine coverage, the draft and camp reports. I have no loyalty to them, if ESPN hires better people (Schefter was a big get) I have no problem going back to ESPN.
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Boomer also does baseball for the ESPN.

I like Boomer and I really miss NFL Primetime, growing up in Ohio it was the only way to see Broncos highlights (before the internet).

It would be weird to see Boomer on another network.
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