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Chris Fowler to do Saturday Night Football

Chris Fowler widely regarded as one of the most versatile and talented announcers in television will remain with ESPN as a lead voice on many of the networks marquee events, primarily college football and tennis Majors, through 2023.

Fowler, who called ESPNsThursdaynight college football series from 2006 to 2009, will return to the college football booth as part of the nine-year extension, working play-by-play on the weeklySaturdayNight Footballseries on ABC with analyst Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Heather Cox. Fowler, Herbstreit, who have worked together on ESPNsCollege GameDay Built by The Home Depotsince 1996, and Cox will also usher in the new era in college football, teaming up to work a College Football Playoff Semifinal game and the College Football National Championship. He will continue to hostCollege GameDay, a position he has held since 1990.

He will also remain an integral part of ESPNs tennis coverage, highlighted by the four Majors -- Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and Australian Open -- where he hosts and calls matches. These include championships from Australia, Wimbledon and, beginning with ESPNs exclusive coverage in 2015, the US Open.

Chris Fowler is a one-of-a-kind talent who brings an amazing work ethic to every project he works on, said John Wildhack, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Production. His ability to skillfully document some of the worlds most popular sporting events continues to impress sports fans year after year and his love for college football is on full display every week onGameDay. Chris will bring the same great qualities to theSaturdayNight Footballstage and new College Football Playoff, joining his long-time colleague Kirk Herbstreit and respected reporter Heather Cox.

Fowler joined ESPN in July 1986 as the first host/reporter ofScholastic Sports Americafor two years. Over the years, he has also hosted the networks coverage of the FIFA World Cup soccer,SportsCenter,SportsCentury, horse racings Triple Crown races, mens college basketball including on-site Final Four coverage and the first few editions of the X Games and Winter X Games.

I am very excited about hostingGameDayfor a 25th year and extending my work with Kirk Herbstreit for a 19thseason and beyond, said Fowler.There is a strong legacy of top college football voices on ABC, from Chris Schenkel to Keith Jackson to Brent Musburger. Im looking forward to returning to the booth and being a part of that incredible tradition. As for tennis, I cant wait to continue and expand my role in ESPN's industry-leading coverage."



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