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Chris Berman changing his role for ESPN

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BRISTOL — Longtime ESPN fixture Chris Berman is giving up his regular on-air NFL and baseball roles for a new job at the network.

Berman, who joined ESPN one month after it launched in 1979, will make occasional appearances on-air and will also serve as a spokesman for the network at some of its events. He will continue to host ESPN’s “NFL PrimeTime” highlights show from the field after the Super Bowl this year, as well as after the conference championship games, before stepping aside from his usual duties.

But he won’t disappear. Berman will also offer opinions and perspective on NFL events, and will continue appearing weekly on “Monday Night Countdown.” He will handle play-by-play duties for ESPN Radio during the baseball divisional playoffs, and participate in the annual ESPY Awards.

Best known for his work on ESPN’s anchor show “SportsCenter,” as well as hosting the NFL draft, his descriptions of game highlights, and for making game predictions as the “Swami,” Berman has won six national sportscaster of the year awards.