Dick Vitale, who has become a preeminent voice in college basketball over the past four decades, has signed a contract extension with ESPN through the 2019-20 season.
The news was announced Monday in a press release by ESPN MediaZone. The deal adds one year to a contract extension that Vitale signed last June. He broadcast his first game with ESPN in the 1979-80 season.
The announcement also came on Vitale’s anniversary. He and wife Lorraine married 46 years ago.
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) May 22, 2017
In the release, Vitale said:
“ESPN has been my second family. Everyone knows my love for my wife, kids and grandkids, but ESPN has also been a vital part of my life for 38 plus years. I’ve met so many beautiful people there who have meant so much to me. I’m beyond thrilled about this new contract — it’s pure joy and jubilation for me and my family.”
His enthusiasm and outgoing personality helped grow the popularity of college basketball for decades. Additionally, Vitale’s work helping to spearhead the Jimmy V Foundation raised more than $150 million for cancer research since 1993.