Play-by-play announcer Ron Franklin says he likely will retire when his ESPN contract expires in April. (Photo provided)
"It’s a comfortable fit.”
Franklin also doesn’t go out of his way to criticize coaches and players. He said he has enjoyed working with analysts who share that opinion, including Mike Gottfried in football and Fraschilla in basketball
"I don’t like beating up kids and I don’t like beating up coaches,” he said.
Fraschilla now teams with Ed Cunningham on ESPN/ABC Saturday afternoon football games. Working with veteran producer Bob Goodrich, the pair will be without a sideline announcer this season as Jack Arute did not return.
Franklin also has play-by-play experience as the voice of the NFL’s Houston Oilers for 12 years and the University of Texas for six years.
An avid fisherman, Franklin hosted the "Sportsmen’s Challenge” fishing show for 15 years on ESPN and occasionally covers Bassmasters events.
In retirement, Franklin will have more time to fish and spend time with his three grandchildren.