NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Champion has been hired by ESPN for its World Cup coverage, the U.S. network plans to announce Thursday, the fifth British play-by-play commentator among its six set for Brazil.
Champion broadcast the Premier League's Saturday tea-time matches for ESPN UK from 2009-13 and is heard regularly on world feed coverage used by NBC's networks this season.
"My reputation in the UK is for speaking rather less than the majority of my colleagues and allowing the pictures to tell the story," Champion said Wednesday during a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
Ian Darke, Adrian Healy and Derek Rae return from ESPN's 2010 coverage and will be joined by Daniel Mann, who worked on ESPN's 3-D World Cup broadcasts in 2010.
The non-British play-by-play man is El Salvador-born Fernando Palomo.