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Reports: NFL Network, DirecTV pursuing Berman

ESPN analyst personality Chris Berman’s contract with the World Wide Leader is set to expire in three months. Two reports have surfaced linking him to potential openings elsewhere.

According to Sports by Brooks, DirecTV “is in full pursuit of the longtime broadcaster.”

Brooks hears that DirecTV approached Berman about a pre- and post-game opportunity involving the Red Zone Channel, which is currently hosted by Andrew Siciliano.

Berman would also work with Dan Patrick on a to-be-launched sports channel. Patrick is already involved with DirecTV, hosting a radio show that is simulcast on the network’s Channel 101.

Meanwhile, The Big Lead reported Monday evening that NFL Network “is putting the full court press” on Berman for an undisclosed opportunity. Berman is reportedly still very close with NFLN President Steve Bornstein after the two worked together at ESPN in the 1980s.

Berman, of course, would have to give up covering baseball for the latter opportunity.

Brooks adds that ESPN is expected to make a “reasonable” pitch to retain Berman, but “will not break the bank to keep him.”

Berman, 54, has been at ESPN since 1979.