ESPN’s fantasy expert Matthew Berry has come to terms on a new contract which will keep him in place as the company’s Senior Fantasy Analyst through 2021. As part of the new agreement, Berry will continue writing for ESPN.com, host ESPN’s “Fantasy Focus Football” podcast, serve as lead fantasy analyst for Fantasy Football Kickoff and Fantasy Football Now on ESPN2, and make regular appearances on Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Live, and SportsCenter on ESPN, and more.
“No one works harder or loves his job more than Matthew Berry, and it shows in everything he does for ESPN and the fans we serve,” said Chad Millman, ESPN Vice President and Editorial Director, Domestic Digital Content. “He actually lives the ‘Fantasy Life’ he describes in his writing, which makes his voice uniquely authentic and adds depth and breadth to his analysis. Matthew is the leading voice in fantasy sports and this passionate and engaged audience is crucial to every platform at ESPN. Without question we are happy to have Matthew at ESPN for years to come.”
Said Berry, “For what I do, I truly believe I have the best job in the world. The support, enthusiasm and audience for fantasy sports at ESPN are unmatched anywhere in the industry. Whether it’s the “06010” podcast, Fantasy Football Now, my column or any number of areas of the company I’m lucky enough to contribute to, it’s an absolute blast to work with and for so many incredible colleagues. I came to the company over a decade ago and it’s been an amazing journey, for both myself and the game that I love. So I’m thrilled and blessed that I get to continue it with ESPN for a long time to come.I mean, come on. To write and talk about fantasy football for the Worldwide Leader? It doesn’t get better than that.”
Since Berry joined ESPN full time nearly a decade ago, ESPN fantasy football has grown steadily every year and has been recognized as the No. 1 fantasy football game in the industry for the last several years. He also was the first fantasy football analyst to join ESPN’s NFL Draft Day coverage last year.
Berry joined ESPN in January of 2005, working part time for ESPN Radio 710 in Los Angeles. In 2006, he joined ESPN2’s The Fantasy Show alongside Ron Jaworski, and in February 2007 he joined the company full-time when his web site, TalentedMr.Roto.com, was acquired by ESPN. Berry also founded and still owns RotoPass.com and is the founder of Fantasy Movie League, as well as the app Fantasy Life.