Originally Posted by Unassisted
Berman was the first ESPN sportscaster to do shtick. Now that most ESPNers have a gimmick, Chris's shtick looks tired. If he hangs it up, he might have to do real work to avoid looking tired. It would be nice if the bosses at ESPN would make them all hang it up. This includes you, Stuart Scott.
Basically what they told him to do was ape the way local sportscasters around the country try to bring flair to the broadcast. I'm sure they showed him a bunch of tape of some of the better locals around the nation and said "Do this for a national audiance."
Before Berman started with the shtick, everyone played SportsCenter like they were on the "ABC World News Tonight" of Sports.