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ESPN Announces It Has Extended Dick Vitale's Contract Through 2018-19

You'll continue to hear "It's awesome, baby!" through 2019, at least. 

ESPN announced today that it has extended Dick Vitale's contract through the 2018-19 season. 

The news comes on Vitale's birthday. He is 77. 

">@DickieV. Here's a NEW CONTRACT EXTENSION FROM ESPN, BABY!!!! To take him through 40th season https://t.co/J4VWSH5qBe

— Josh Krulewitz (@jksports)

Happy birthday @DickieV. Here's a NEW CONTRACT EXTENSION FROM ESPN, BABY!!!! To take him through 40th season https://t.co/J4VWSH5qBe

— Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) June 9, 2016

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From ESPN:

Basketball Hall of Famer Dick Vitale, one of the sport’s most influential and dynamic personality in the history of sports television, has agreed to a new contract extension with ESPN that will carry through the 2018-19 season. The agreement will add an additional year to his previous extension, announced a year ago today, and will take Vitale, who started with the company in its first year (1979-80), to his 40th on ESPN.

Vitale will continue to be assigned to many of the network’s marquee games, including regular-season action primarily on ESPN and ESPN2, Champ Week coverage and the Men’s Final Four for ESPN International.

Vitale says he has loved "every moment" at ESPN.

"I can’t thank (ESPN's play-by-play announcers), the producers and all of the people behind the scenes enough for giving me a life that’s exceeded any dream I’ve ever had. My goal is to be the first announcer ever to call a game and say “you’re awesome baby” at 100,” he said.