It didn’t take long for ESPN to find a replacement for Brent Musburger in the Saturday night booth as the company announced in a press release on Thursday that they’ve signed Chris Fowler to a long-term deal through 2023.
Multisport commentator 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 network’s marquee events, primarily college football and tennis Majors, through 2023.
Along with the signing for Fowler comes a huge promotion as well, as he’ll be joining College GameDay sidekick Kirk Herbstreit in the Saturday Night College Football booth on ABC, taking over for Brent Musburger whom the company announced yesterday would be moving within the company to be the voice of the new SEC Network.
Fowler, who called ESPN’s Thursday night 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 weekly Saturday Night Football series on ABC with analyst Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Heather Cox. He and Herbstreit, who have worked together on ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot since 1996, 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 host College GameDay, a position he has held since 1990.
In a company that’s widely criticized in ESPN, Fowler is one of the more respected announcers in the entire sporting world, which makes this move all the more well-deserved.