Providence, Rhode Island - ESPN’s Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Chris Berman ’77 is coming back-back-back-back to Brown University to speak with students, alumni, faculty and staff on Wednesday, April 18th, starting at 7:00 p.m. at MacMillan Hall, located at 167 Thayer Street in Providence.
Berman will present his thoughts with a focus on, “What A Long Strange Trip It's Been; The Changing World of Athletics.” All are welcome to attend.
“The Boomer,” as he is affectionately known, is an icon in the sports and entertainment industry. Berman got his start as the voice of Brown football, basketball, ice hockey and baseball as sports director for WBRU radio in the late 1970's.
Since joining ESPN in 1979, one month after its inception, Berman has become one of television's most popular sportscasters, which includes his prognosticating alter-ego, "The Swami." He has served as a host, anchor and commentator on numerous programs on ESPN, including NFL Countdown, NFL Primetime, SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight.
Berman is known for his extensive knowledge of sport sprinkled with ample amounts of humor and zestful enthusiasm. He has covered 24 World Series, 28 Super Bowls, and U.S. Open golf tournaments since 1986 for the cable network. Berman also lent his voice to the videogame ESPN NFL 2K5.
The members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association have selected Berman six times as National Sportscaster of the Year. Berman and his various shows have won seven Emmy Awards and 12 CableACE Awards.
Berman appeared in Adam Sandler's 1998 comedy The Waterboy as well as Sandler's The Longest Yard in 2005 where he played himself as the play-by-play announcer of the prison football game. Berman also appeared as himself in Necessary Roughness in 1991, Little Big League in 1994, and Eddie and Kingpin in 1996.
A member of the Brown Athletics Hall of Fame, Berman also received an honorary degree from Brown in 2007.