Big Names: ESPN Keeps Shulman, Loses Berthiaume, Brunson and Bucher


ESPN play-by-play voice Dan Shulman is staying put with the network. In other news, ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume and Cindy Brunson are leaving the network, and ESPN NBA reporter Ric Bucher is already gone.

  • Shulman Agrees to Extension: Lead ESPN Major League Baseball play-by-play voice Dan Shulman has agreed to a multi-year extension to remain with the network, it was announced this week. Shulman will continue to serve as the top Major League Baseball voice for ESPN and contribute to college basketball coverage. However, he will no longer call NBA games. (ESPN Media Zone, Sports Illustrated)
  • Berthiaume Leaves ESPN For D’Backs, Wife Brunson Out Too: ESPN anchor Steve Berthiaume has agreed to become the new play-by-play voice of the Arizona Diamondbacks starting next season, filling the vacancy left by the suspended Daron Sutton. Berthiaume and wife Cindy Brunson, also an ESPN anchor, will leave the network — the former at the end of the World Series, and the latter by the end of the year. (
  • NBA Reporter Bucher Also Gone: ESPN NBA reporter Ric Bucher has left the network after his contract recently expired, The Big Lead reported Wednesday. Bucher, who had been with ESPN since 1999, told the website that he could return to the network as an “independent contractor” next year. (The Big Lead)