Vitale renews with ESPN

College hoops analyst signs through 2014-15 season

Dick Vitale will be calling college basketball on ESPN through the 2014-15 season.

Cabler has teamed with the signature voice of college hoops since 1979 — nearly the entire length of ESPN’s existence.

“Simply put, Dick Vitale is college basketball,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN’s exec VP of production. “He embodies all the great characteristics of the sport he loves and has entertained millions with his unmatched passion and knowledge for more than 30 years. Dick’s connection with fans of all ages is stronger than it’s ever been and we’re thrilled he will continue for years to come.”

Vitale added: “There is nothing greater than walking into an arena and feeling the excitement and energy of a big-time college basketball game. I can’t thank ESPN enough for allowing me to be a kid at heart by giving me the opportunity to sit courtside for games I would pay top dollar to see. I’m living a dream. I’ve been extremely blessed to work with so many beautiful people and to talk about the game I love.”

Prior to joining ESPN, Vitale was an NBA coach for the Detroit Pistons.