ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman will retire following the 2016 football season, according to a report from the Big Lead. Berman's agent denies the report.

Berman has become a caricature in recent years, but in the first 20 years of ESPN's existence, Berman was the arguably the most recognizable face.

He and former NFL linebacker Tom Jackson hosted ESPN PrimeTime on Sunday nights in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, bringing a signature brand of smart coverage, coupled with the perfect amount of humor and catch phrases.

As sports media began to balloon, fans get highlights from hundreds of sources today. For a long stretch, national coverage of NFL highlights by Berman was must see TV.

However, his time has passed. A retirement for Berman would likely cause more to recognize his many years of greatness, rather than his recent years of annoyance.

Berman's agent Richard Sandomire responded to the Big Lead's reporting of Berman's pending retirement.


Berman has hinted at retirement for years according to Shutdown Corner. Whether it's after football season or not remains to be seen.