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McEnroe gets expanded role on ESPN

Tennis legend and analyst John McEnroe signed a new deal with ESPN on Monday that will have him involved in more than just tennis.

In addition to his work on tennis, McEnroe will serve as an analyst on "SportsCenter" discussing major topics of all sorts and handling sit-down interviews with top sports stars. He also will make regular appearances on ESPN2’s "Olbermann" and on ESPN Radio’s "Mike & Mike," also seen weekday mornings on ESPN2. In addition, he also will also be heard on ESPN Radio New York.

To use a famous saying from McEnroe's playing days, "You can not be serious!"

Oh, yes, ESPN and McEnroe are serious.

"Before John was a superstar in tennis, he was a sports fan…with sharp opinions and wit, as we’ve seen on our tennis productions," John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president of programming and production, said in a statement. "His no-holds barred insights and personality will enliven whatever program or platform he is on."

McEnroe said, "I am excited about my expanded role with ESPN. It should be interesting and fun, as a life-long sports fan, to be able to voice my opinions on a variety of sports programs and forums, alongside some of the most talented people in the industry. The broad platform offered by ESPN makes it the perfect place for me to bring my point of view to all sports, not just tennis."

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