ESPN NFL analyst Mike Ditka has signed a two-year extension to remain at ESPN in a new role as a contributor to SportsCenter. Ditka will contribute to the network’s flagship news and information program on a year-round basis beginning in September. He has been a member of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown for many years but will be replaced by former quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
“This new role is really a blessing,” Ditka said. “It’s something I asked for. After many years of weekend travel, I’m thrilled I’ll get to watch NFL games on Sundays and Monday nights in the comfort of my own home. I enjoy being part of the game and part of ESPN. I really do. So this is a great solution.”
Added Seth Markman, ESPN’s senior coordinating producer, NFL studio shows: “Mike talked with me late in the year about his role for next season. Thankfully we were able to come to an agreement that works for him and keeps him a part of our ESPN family. This announcement is great news for us and for our viewers, as Coach Ditka continues to be someone NFL fans everywhere respect and admire.”
Ditka has been part of ESPN’s commentator team since 2004.