Dick Vitale Signs With ESPN Through 2016-17

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Dick Vitale at Iowa State

Says the veteran college basketball analyst: "At my relatively young age of 75, ESPN feels I am still passionate enough to talk about a game I love"

Dick Vitale is sticking with ESPN.

The Basketball Hall of Famer has extended his contract to continue as a college basketball analyst with the company through 2016-17. Vitale will again call the season's top games across its networks, including regular-season action primarily on ESPN and ESPN2 and the Men’s Final Four for ESPN International.

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The agreement was announced on Wednesday by John Wildhack, ESPN executive vp production and programming. "Dick is the ultimate ambassador who has always recognized the importance of both educating and entertaining the audience," Wildhack said in a statement. "He puts his heart and soul into everything he does — his work, his life, his family — and we are all better for it. We are thrilled to have his unmistakable presence on ESPN for years to come."

Vitale, who joined ESPN just after the network's 1979 launch, added, "I am just so honored to be at ESPN for over three decades. I am absolutely thrilled, at my relatively young age of 75, ESPN feels I am still passionate enough to talk about a game I love, college basketball. I am just so grateful to be part of the ESPN family. Without ESPN, there would no Dickie V; there would be no Hall of Fames. I am forever indebted to them."

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