Matthew Berry, ESPN’s longstanding senior fantasy football analyst, is departing the network after 15 years of service.
Sports broadcaster and ESPN.com columnist Chuck Berry announced his departure from the organization on Monday via social media, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
“When I joined ESPN in 2007, fantasy football was a niche of a niche, and ESPN was well behind the market leader.” Even though it has been a long time coming, I am ecstatic about everything we’ve accomplished together to make ESPN the premier game and content destination for fantasy football players worldwide,” Berry said in a statement.
The popularity of fantasy football as a pastime has grown tremendously since Berry joined ESPN in 2007. Fans of fantasy football have come to rely on his “Love/Hate” essays every week during the NFL season, and his conversational and amusing writing style has made the game more approachable for new players as well.
Mathew Berry stated that he was open to new options outside of ESPN. When we talked about it, we agreed to back him,” ESPN stated in a press release. It is because of Matthew that the fantasy sports industry has grown so rapidly in the past 15 years. He is a hard worker with great potential, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
So… some personal news: This is my last week at ESPN. pic.twitter.com/cDcVgN2BSc
— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) July 11, 2022
This week will mark the end of Berry’s tenure at the company, and he will make one final appearance on ESPN the following day. His next career step remains a mystery, but he did remark in a follow-up tweet that he’s “excited about the future.” Berry appeared in Marvel’s record-breaking film “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019.
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) July 11, 2022
As NFL clubs gear up for training camps, it’s not obvious who will take Berry’s spot at ESPN, which generally sees an increase in pre-draft fantasy football coverage. Field Yates and Stephania Bell, with whom Berry co-hosts a podcast, are likely to be the next in line.
A record-breaking number of people signed up for ESPN Fantasy Football in 2021, with a 21 percent raise over the previous season and a 3 percent increase over the previous record set in 2019, ESPN reported in September. Fantasy football is played by an estimated 40 million people in the United States alone.
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