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ESPN keeping Dick Vitale around through 2018-19 season

Dick Vitale will continue to provide his animated commentary for college basketball as ESPN has extended his contract through the 2018-19 season.

“ESPN has been a vital part of my life,” Vitale said in a statement. “Completing the next three years of my contract will mean 40 years of hoops heaven. I have loved every moment, and it has been a thrill to be courtside and call some of the greatest games in the country, sitting next to some of the most outstanding play-by-play announcers you could ever want to work with.”

Vitale reads this website, so, if you’re out there Dick, congratulations and please leave us a comment below.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

6 Comments for ESPN keeping Dick Vitale around through 2018-19 season



  1. Han
    2:58 pm June 9, 2016 Permalink

    They kind of have to keep him. Everyone else on the network is leaving.



  2. papasnapper
    3:07 pm June 9, 2016 Permalink

    If he would just stick to commentary associated with the game in front of him, I have no problem with him. But, he doesn’t…



    • Han
      9:10 pm June 9, 2016 Permalink

      Dick Vitale Calling a Game:

      5% commentary on the game action.
      5% praise of a random diaper dandy (usually not on either team he’s watching)
      5% random anecdotes about friends of his.
      5% defending some obviously guilty coach friend of his like Boeheim or Coca-Coler Roy or whoever..
      20% talking about Kentucky
      60% talking about Duke, Coach K, Cameron Indoor Stadium, or the Cameron Crazies.



  3. ClutchCargo
    3:21 pm June 9, 2016 Permalink

    Ah, 3 more seasons of stream-of-consciousness babbling. Gotta love it. Actually, it’s 3 more reasons to go get one of those radio synch gadgets.



  4. sincitycat
    4:43 pm June 9, 2016 Permalink

    Terrible news and that dirty ole man needs to keep his hands off of Ashley. If he needs to be pawing on someone let it be his hero, Robert Montgomery Knight.



  5. Linda Schnitz
    12:55 am June 10, 2016 Permalink

    Matt will have Dick live on his show in July