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ESPN's Chris Berman To Leave NFL Shows After '16, Though Retirement Report Denied

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 27 / 16

ESPN's Chris Berman will not return as the host of "Sunday NFL Countdown," "Monday Night Countdown" and the net's NFL Draft coverage after the '16 NFL season, "coinciding with the end of his current contract," according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Sources said that the possibility exists for Berma...

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ABC RUNS FOR THE ROSES ON SATURDAY; DRAW DEBACLE STILL NEWS

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