Ex-ESPN fantasy guru lands new job just in time for 2022 season

Ex-ESPN fantasy guru lands new job just in time for 2022 season

Matthew Berry is back.

The former ESPN fantasy football insider has a new job, landing with NBC Sports, which announced the news on Thursday.

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Berry, who spent 15 years at the Worldwide Leader, was the network’s fantasy guru until his departure last month. At the time, NBC Sports NFL insider Peter King predicted Berry wouldn’t be out of work for long.

I expect NBC (as Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported) to land Berry, and if so, I expect that he will be a significant part of the Football Night in America show—in both fantasy-forecasting and football-oddsmaking stuff.

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Here are the details on Berry’s new deal, per NBC Sports PR:

CANTON, OhioAugust 4, 2022Matthew Berry, the celebrated fantasy football commentator and industry pioneer, has agreed to a multi-year deal to join NBC Sports as an analyst to provide his unique expertise across Peacock, NBC and NBC Sports digital platforms, it was announced today.

Berry will join Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, preceding primetime television’s No. 1 show Sunday Night Football each week during the NFL season on NBC and Peacock. He will also appear on Sunday Night Football Final, Peacock’s exclusive NFL post-game show.

As fantasy football enters a critical stretch with training camps open, preseason games beginning and drafts upcoming, Berry will make his debut on tonight’s Football Night in Americaspecial at 7 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock, leading into the 2022 Hall of Fame Game. Berry will join the rest of the FNIA team on-site in Canton, Ohio.

Berry will bring his football expertise to viewers throughout the NFL season with a weekly game-day fantasy football and sports betting show every Sunday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET on Peacock and NBC Sports digital platforms.

On weekdays throughout the NFL season, Berry will create a daily show on Peacock, discussing notable fantasy football and sports betting topics. The one-hour show will also be available live via NBC Sports Audio on SiriusXM Radio and as an NBC Sports Audio podcast across all major podcast platforms. While at ESPN, Berry’s Fantasy Focus was the industry’s #1 multi-platform fantasy football show. Additionally, Berry will create content for the NFL on NBC’s YouTube page and NBC Sports Digital.

“We welcome Matthew to the team and are excited to incorporate into our coverage the compelling and industry-shaping commentary that has made him the face of fantasy football for millions of fans,” said Sam Flood, NBC Sports Production Executive Producer & President.

“This is truly a full circle moment for me,” said Berry, who served as a fantasy football expert at NBC Sports’ Rotoworld from 1999-2004. “I started my career at Rotoworld, spent many years there, and not many people are lucky enough to get the chance to come home. I’ve spent my entire life talking fantasy football to anyone that would listen. So when I was offered the chance to join the highest-rated studio show in all of sports, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Please remind me of this quote the next time I realize millions of people just saw me get a prediction wrong. In the meantime, know that I am incredibly honored and humbled by the opportunity not just to join the FNIA family but also to help build something special on Peacock.”

Berry’s popular Love/Hate article, weekly fantasy football rankings, and additional articles will be hosted across NBC Sports digital properties. Berry will also appear on NBC Sports Predictor, NBC Sports’ highly-rated free-to-play sports gaming app.

Additionally, Berry will provide analysis and content around major NBC Sports events outside of football, including the Kentucky Derby, Indy 500, and more.

Berry is widely heralded as a pioneer in the fantasy industry and was admitted to the Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association Hall of Fame in 2012. While at ESPN, he appeared across various platforms, including television, radio, and digital media and provided written content. He has more than two million social followers. He wrote the New York Times best-selling book “Fantasy Life” in 2013 and won an Emmy for his work on ESPN2′s Fantasy Football Now. Constantly aiming to innovate fans’ fantasy sports experience, Berry also created and will continue to be involved with the top-rated Fantasy Life app and newsletter.

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