Breaking: ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale announces he has been diagnosed with lymphoma

Dick Vitale Announces he has Cancer
Sportscaster Dick Vitale broadcasts before an NCAA college basketball game in the West Coast Conference men’s tournament Monday, March 9, 2020, in Las Vegas.(Isaac Brekken | AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Longtime ESPN college basketball color commentator Dick Vitale has announced he is battling cancer once again after a recent diagnosis.

Vitale, 82, said his doctors confirmed he has Lymphoma.

Dick Vitale is known for his brash broadcasting style, and joined ESPN in 1979 shortly after the network’s inception.

The legendary college basketball figure overcame melanoma earlier this year, though Vitale wrote that doctors believe the two cancers are unrelated.

Vitale plans to continue to call games during his treatment, he shared in a recent blog post.

The 2021-22 college basketball season, which begins next month, will be his 43rd season calling games for ESPN.

Vitale regarding his diagnosis, “The medical experts tell me it has a 90-percent cure rate. They say I can continue to work so I will have to manage my work schedule around my chemo schedule as they will monitor my test results along the way.”

Vitale has long been an advocate for cancer awareness and research, serving on the board of directors for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The V Foundation is named in honor of Jim Valvano, Vitale’s close friend and fellow basketball coach turned ESPN announcer, who died from cancer in 1993. Vitale hosts the Dick Vitale Gala for the foundation annually, raising $35 million in donations since 2006.

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