ESPN’s marquee fantasy sports voice won’t be going away any time soon. The network announced Thursday that Matthew Berry, who writes a fantasy column, hosts a fantasy podcast and appears on a fantasy show, has been extended through 2021.
Said Berry, “For what I do, I truly believe I have the best job in the world. The support, enthusiasm and audience for fantasy sports at ESPN are unmatched anywhere in the industry. Whether it’s the “06010” podcast, Fantasy Football Now, my column or any number of areas of the company I’m lucky enough to contribute to, it’s an absolute blast to work with and for so many incredible colleagues. I came to the company over a decade ago and it’s been an amazing journey, for both myself and the game that I love. So I’m thrilled and blessed that I get to continue it with ESPN for a long time to come.I mean, come on. To write and talk about fantasy football for the Worldwide Leader? It doesn’t get better than that.”
“No one works harder or loves his job more than Matthew Berry, and it shows in everything he does for ESPN and the fans we serve,” said Chad Millman, ESPN Vice President and Editorial Director, Domestic Digital Content. “He actually lives the ‘Fantasy Life’ he describes in his writing, which makes his voice uniquely authentic and adds depth and breadth to his analysis. Matthew is the leading voice in fantasysports and this passionate and engaged audience is crucial to every platform at ESPN. Without question we are happy to have Matthew at ESPN for years to come.”
Berry is known for his conversational style and personal anecdotes, which add some color to what can be a dry field of fantasy sports analysis. According to ESPN, Berry’s annual Love/Hate column is one of the site’s most trafficked pieces every year, and his podcast consistently rates as the company’s top-rated podcast.
Berry got his start at ESPN in 2005, just in time for the fantasy sports industry to really take off. As fantasy has become a key aspect of every sports outlet’s football and baseball coverage, Berry has remained one of the loudest voices — maybe the biggest voice — in telling you which players to draft and trade. And given this extension, he’ll be part of your Sunday mornings for a lot longer.