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ESPN Adds Year to Dick Vitale’s Contract

ESPN has slowly started to transition its college basketball coverage at major games away from longtime broadcaster Dick Vitale, but the company isn’t ready to give him up quite yet. Via its Twitter feed, ESPN announced Vitale signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him around through the 2017-18 season. The release said: “Vitale will continue to call some of the...
Via Sportsnaut
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Dick Vitale signs extension with ESPN through the 2017-18 season

One of ESPN’s longest-tenured employees will be sticking with the company for some time to come. Dick Vitale, who’s been one of the Worldwide Leader’s key analysts on college basketball since their very first year (1979-80), has agreed to a contract extension through the 2017-18 season. Vitale turned 76 Tuesday, and tweeted that this was a special birthday gift: I am one of...
Via Awful Announcing
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Dick Vitale surprises radio producer on his birthday

Dick Vitale did something pretty cool for a Kansas City radio producer who does an impression of him. Earlier this week, Ben Heisler of 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City celebrated his birthday, and his coworkers got Vitale to call into the show Heisler produces (The Drive) to wish him a happy birthday. Heisler also showed off his Vitale impression, leading to a humorous back and...
Via Awful Announcing
April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Dick Vitale Calls Geno Auriemma’s Rant On Men’s Basketball “A Joke”

For decades now, ESPN analyst Dick Vitale has been an ambassador for men’s college basketball. Thursday, he came to the sport’s defense on Twitter regarding UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma’s recent statements. Wednesday, while discussing his squad’s upcoming Final Four contest with Maryland, he delved a bit into the men’s game, claiming it’s “behind the...
Via College Spun
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Dick Vitale Tweets Support For Premise That NCAA Should Leave Indianapolis, Move Events To Other States

College basketball analyst Dick Vitale is the most recent voice in the world of college sports to come out strongly against a new Indiana bill that would allow local businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers. The NCAA, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, the city which will host this year’s Final Four, has already expressed concern about the law, and many are calling...
Via College Spun
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Photos: Dick Vitale Is Wearing A Bunch Of Things On His Head While Hanging With Duke Students

Duke is about to square off with Syracuse at 7 p.m., and Dick Vitale is on the call as the color commentator for ESPN. Dickie V always seems to enjoy calling games at Cameron, and he’s having his customary fun hanging with Duke students beforehand.  Vitale posted several photos to his Instagram account tonight, each one showing him wearing something different on his head. Presumably...
Via College Spun
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Dick Vitale Makes It Clear That He Believes His Age Is The Reason He Was Taken Off Duke vs. UNC

Duke and UNC may have already played the first leg of their 2015 rivalry series, but the main topic of conversation regarding the affair still seems to center around the fact that ESPN commentator Dick Vitale was taken off of the call for the first time since 1979. Thursday night, Vitale, who has already expressed his frustration regarding the matter, suggested that his age plays...
Via College Spun
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Someone must not have told Jay Crawford about the Dick Vitale news

SportsCenter used calls from Dick Vitale throughout the years to promote the UNC-Duke game tonight.  And even though Dickie V is synonymous with the Tobacco Road rivalry, this year he won’t be announcing the game.  That didn’t stop SportsCenter anchor Jay Crawford from waxing poetic about Vitale saying, “There’s just something about Dick when he’s calling the Duke-North...
Via Awful Announcing
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Dick Vitale opens up about not calling Duke-North Carolina for the first time

Yesterday we told you about the news that Dick Vitale would not be commentating the Duke-UNC game tomorrow night for the first time in his ESPN tenure.  Instead, it’ll be the Saturday primetime duo of Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas.  Vitale is an ESPN original, working at the network since their first year in 1979.  And although the news isn’t that big of a surprise given Jay Bilas...
Via Awful Announcing
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Dick Vitale accidentally included an F-bomb in a tweet

We all know Dick Vitale has a tendency to get overexcited about stuff, and we were reminded of that when he made an embarrassing mistake on Twitter Saturday. All Dickie V. wanted to do was share a photo of himself meeting with two fans at a First Watch restaurant in Florida. Everything went fine when...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

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