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ESPN Announces Lengthy Extension For Dick Vitale

The Worldwide Leader has signed Dickie V to a big extension.

Dick Vitale isn't going away anytime soon.

ESPN announced today that the college basketball analyst has agreed to an extension that will keep him at the company through the 2019-20 season.

Vitale has been with ESPN since 1979.

From the network:

Longtime ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale – one of the most influential and vibrant personalities in the history of sports television – has signed a contract extension with ESPN through the 2019-20 season.

Vitale will be the main analyst on many of the network’s top games, including regular-season action primarily on ESPN and ESPN2 and the network’s Champ Week coverage. The Basketball Hall of Famer contributes to numerous ESPN platforms throughout the year, including ESPN.com, ESPN Radio and more.

The agreement adds an additional year to his previous extension, announced last June, and extends Vitale into his 41st season with the network. He began with ESPN in its first year (1979-80).

Vitale has reportedly been told by ESPN management that as long as he wants to work, he'll have a job with the Worldwide Leader.

“ESPN has been my second family. Everyone knows my love for my wife, kids and grandkids, but ESPN has also been a vital part of my life for 38 plus years,” Vitale said. “I’ve met so many beautiful people there who have meant so much to me. I’m beyond thrilled about this new contract – it’s pure joy and jubilation for me and my family.”