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ESPN Extends Karl Ravech, Names Him Voice Of Home Run Derby

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Karl Ravech has received a contract extension from ESPN, and is being given an even bigger role at the Worldwide Leader.

Ravech has been the host of Baseball Tonight since 1995, and will continue in that role.

He is also taking over as the voice of the Home Run Derby for Chris Berman, who has taken a major step back from the network.

Ravech has been at ESPN since 1993.

ESPN officially announced the extension moments ago.

ESPN today announced it has reached an extension with veteran commentator Karl Ravech to continue his expanded, multi-sport role at the company. As a significant part of this role, Ravech has been named the voice of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby – exclusively on ESPN – and will provide play-by-play for the telecast. The T-Mobile Home Run Derby is Monday, July 10, at 8 p.m. ET.

Ravech added this statement about his expanding role, and the Home Run Derby.

“It is truly a privilege to work with such outstanding people and for a company that prides itself on bringing the best sports coverage in the industry to our fans. To be able to continue with ESPN in these significant roles and on various platforms for what will amount to more than a quarter of a century is beyond my wildest dreams. Chris Berman set the bar so high for the Home Run Derby, my goal will be to keep it there and let the amazing athletes take it to new heights.”

According to the release, Ravech will also continue to be on ESPN's coverage of the Little League World Series and college baseball, and will be doing more play-by-play and studio work for college basketball.

[ESPN]